Secretary Mattis to Convene Panel of Experts to Study Transgender Service in the Military – Can He Do That?

On August 25, 2017, President Trump released a memorandum banning transgender individuals from the military. Following this announcement, Secretary of Defense James Mattis (“Secretary Mattis”) said he would convene a “panel of experts” to study transgender service in the military and make recommendations. Can Secretary Mattis do this? Yes, he can. Under the Federal Advisory…

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration.  Historically, the military took the position that transgender people are medically unfit to serve.  Although case law is sparse, that justification was validated in Doe v. Alexander, 510 F. Supp. 900…