SF State Commission Charts Path for Open Transgender Military Service

Thursday, August 28, 2014
METRO WEEKLY -- According to a nine member commission consisting of three retired U.S. military generals and convened by the Palm Center, “formulating and implementing inclusive policy is administratively feasible and neither excessively complex nor burdensome.” The report released Monday outlines ideal administrative practices for adopting an inclusive policy while maintaining readiness, as well as offering administrative guidance. The report is the second in a series commissioned by the Palm Center at San Francisco State University evaluating transgender military service as well as questions related to readiness, morale, welfare, personnel requirements and management. The first, released in March, found no compelling medical rationale for banning transgender people from serving in the American military. The Palm Center’s Transgender Military Service Initiative was launched in 2013 after $1.35 million grant from the Tawani Foundation, which was founded by Jennifer Pritzker.