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The conference, entitled Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe, was the first and largest international gathering of trans military service members, gathered in Washington, DC.
In the US, the 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for gay and lesbian service personnel never applied to transgender members, and the defence department still refers to trans people as having “psychosexual conditions.”
Despite this, an estimated 15,500 transgender individuals currently serve in the military and there are believed to be up to 140,000 transgender military veterans.
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