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Pentagon plan to lift ban on transgender troops only a first step, advocates say

WASHINGTON The Pentagon's announcement Monday that it intends to lift its prohibition on transgender people serving in the military still leaves transgender troops and veterans facing a variety of challenges, ranging from health care and discrimination to being allowed to choose a uniform that corresponds to their gender identity. In announcing the change in policy, Defense Secretary Ash Carter established a working group that will take six months to consider the legal, administrative and medical technicalities of opening the military to transgender service members. During that period, openly transgender people still will be barred from military service. But the upcoming policy change...

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