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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement after attending today's Department of Defense Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride ceremony.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Palm Center announced plans today for a symposium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's creation of a working group charged with studying how to end the military's transgender service ban. The recommendations for ending the ban were due in January 2016, the six-month deadline set by Secretary Carter.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Two retired General Officers have sent a letter to Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley in response to his concerns about transgender military service. Despite extensive study by a Pentagon Working Group, the RAND Corporation, and an independent commission of retired General Officers and leading scholars and experts, General Milley suggested recently that before the military can lift its ban on transgender personnel, "serious significant issues need to be completely vetted and studied."

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