Director: No Transgender Problems In The Navy

Vice Adm. Mike Gilday. Photo via The Joint Staff, Facebook

The transgender community got good news this week from the United States Navy.

Vice Admiral Mike Gilday, the Navy’s director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said transgender troops have not harmed the Navy.

Gilday’s comments on transgender troops were released by the Palm Center, a San Francisco based non-profit corporation.

“I am unaware of negative impacts on unit or overall Navy readiness as a result of transgender individuals serving in their preferred gender,” Gilday wrote in response to prepared questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Gilday’s comments are another blow to the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service, said Palm Center director Aaron Belkin.

“Vice Adm. Mike Gilday’s statement undermines the primary rationale for Trump’s transgender ban, which is those that need to transition gender threaten the readiness and cohesion of the force,” Belkin said. “Across three years of open service by transgender patriots – including those who have transitioned – military leaders have found time and again that such service is fully consistent with military readiness. Once again, uniformed leaders have confirmed that the Trump ban is indefensible.”

Last month Congress passed anamendmentto restore transgender military service. The amendment, named in honor of President Harry Truman, passed in the House by a vote of 242 to 187.

TheHuman Rights Campaign, citing a joint study by the Department of Defense and Rand Corporation, reports the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Israel have permitted transgender military service.