U.S. Rep Mark Pocan
Press Release

Pocan Applauds Defense Department’s Removal of Transgender Service Ban

“Following in the footsteps of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, this is another significant step toward equality for our LGBT armed service members.”

By - Jun 30th, 2016 01:28 pm

Madison – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement after Secretary Ash Carter officially announced the Department of Defense’s decision to lift its ban on transgender people from serving in the armed forces.

“Following in the footsteps of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, this is another significant step toward equality for our LGBT armed service members,” said Rep. Pocan. “No longer will transgender service members have to hide who they are to protect and defend our country. As we welcome a new era of inclusion in our armed forces, we must put a process in place to correct the injustices of systematic discrimination many LGBT individuals faced while serving their country. Too many service members still bear the scars of the discriminatory policies of the past and now we must ensure their honorable service is respected.”

Rep. Pocan and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) along with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) previously introduced the Restore Honor to Service Members Act in July 2015 to the House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. The Restore Honor to Service Members Act has 113 cosponsors, including 4 Republicans, in the House and 38 cosponsors in the Senate.

Mentioned in This Press Release

People:

Recent Press Releases by U.S. Rep Mark Pocan

Pocan Leads Democrats in Introducing Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2024.

Pocan Joins House Democrats in Introducing the For the People Act

H.R. 1 contains legislation from Pocan and will clean up corruption in Washington, make it easier to vote, and give hard-working Americans more power in our democracy

Pocan Demands ICE Respond to FOIA Request Regarding Raids in Wisconsin

Despite receiving the request on October 12, the agency continues to ask for extensions to respond to the request for records regarding raids in Wisconsin.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us