Today, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of H. Res. 124, Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals.
"Not a single transgender soldier, willing to put their life on the line for our freedoms, should be forced to hide who they are in order to serve this country," said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. "We can and must do better for these soldiers. I’m glad today’s resolution passed the House, but this is just the first step. We will not quit this fight until this discriminatory ban is ended."
WATCH: Congresswoman Wexton speaks at a press conference with Representative Joe Kennedy, transgender servicemembers, and House colleagues following the House passage of H. Res. 124
In July of 2017, a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives rejected an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have barred transgender servicemembers from accessing medically necessary transition related health care.
More than 50 retired Generals and Admirals released a joint statement warning the ban would degrade military readiness.