Since 2012, we have been creating media to advocate for transgender Americans to serve our country openly. We are currently in post production on our feature documentary, TransMilitary.
Within our all-volunteer military, approximately 15,500 transgender people serve their country. These Americans are twice as likely to serve as their non-transgender peers, and yet they have been forced to conceal their gender because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four of those troops as they defend their country’s freedom, while ironically fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out to top brass in the Pentagon as transgender, in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve.
FACTS ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS
- Some 15,500 transgender individuals are currently serving in the U.S. military.
- Transgender people are twice as likely to serve than cisgender (non-transgender) people.
- There is no other known organization that employs more transgender people than the U.S. military.
- The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)" allowed lesbian, gay and bisexual people to serve, but transgender Americans were still banned.
- DADT was a law that was eventually repealed. The ban on transgender people was due to outdated policies within the Department of Defense.