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  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), second from right, join transgender service members in the Capitol Rotunda before the State of the Union Address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Rep. Speier Seeks to Undo Military Bans on Trans Troops, LGBTQ Pride Flag

By | 2020-07-24T13:59:04-04:00 July 24th, 2020|National, News|

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has proposed a pair of amendments to major defense spending legislation that would undo the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members and LGBTQ Pride flags at U.S. military installations.

As noted Thursday on the House Rules Committee website, Speier along with other Democrats proposed the measures to the fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill. The House Rules Committee is set to meet Monday to consider which amendments to include.

One amendment seeks to prohibit use of funds to implement a ban on military service of transgender Americans, the other prevents the Defense Department from spending funds to implement its ban on display of the LGBTQ Pride flags.

Speier proposes her amendment on nearly three-year anniversary of President Trump announcing on Twitter he’d ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dodged questions earlier this month on the policy, but insisted Trump has a pro-LGBTQ record.

The measure to undo the ban on LGBTQ Pride flags comes after Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued guidance last week indicated only designated flags, including U.S. flags and state flags, to be flown at military installations. The intent of the memo seemed aimed at banning Confederate flags, but the Pentagon confirmed to the Washington Blade it would also ban Pride flags.

Speier has sought before to undo the transgender military ban through an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, although the measure ended up being stripped from the final package in conference committee.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade and is made available in partnership with the National LGBT Media Association.

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Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association.