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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Pentagon announced that a working group will be formed to determine whether transgender Americans may serve openly in the Armed Forces:
"I was proud to help lead the effort as Majority Leader in 2010 to repeal the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that barred gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military. Now it's time to ensure that no LGBT individual is denied that opportunity. I urge the Pentagon's new task force to complete its work quickly and end the ban on transgender Americans serving openly once and for all."