Sailors march in a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Walk in 2017. The Navy says transgender sailors can dress in their preferred clothing while off duty. MARC AYALIN/U.S. NAVY
Sailors march in a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Walk in 2017. The Navy says transgender sailors can dress in their preferred clothing while off duty. MARC AYALIN/U.S. NAVY

Navy allows transgender sailors to dress according to gender identity while off duty

by Joshua Karsten
Stars and Stripes

The Navy will allow sailors to dress and “live socially in their preferred gender while off-duty,” a policy announcement that comes amid new Pentagon restrictions on transgender people joining the military.

The statement, signed by Vice Adm. Robert Burke, clarifies that there is no policy prohibiting servicemembers to “express themselves off-duty in their preferred gender.”

“Appropriate civilian attire, as outlined in the uniform regulations, will not be determined based on gender,” according to the policy, which Burke signed in March.

The guidance does restrict off-duty attire in some overseas posts “to meet local conditions and host-nation agreements with foreign countries,” which would rest on the discretion of regional commanders.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.577007

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