- The Pentagon says it is ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in U.S. military
- Like others, transgender people yearn to be valuable, contributing members of society, authors say
Shannon Minter, a transgender man, is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. David Codell is a constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles.
(CNN)Equal protection. It's one of the most cherished principles of our constitutional tradition. Our nation has worked continually to break down barriers so all people may be equally protected by the laws. But the phrase "equal protection" has recently taken on a new meaning with the 2010 repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and last week's announcement that the Pentagon will allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.