President-elect Biden Adds Trans Veteran To Defense Transition Team

Biden Skelly
Joe Bidn.Com (L) Shawn Skelly (R)
Biden Skelly
Joe Bidn.Com (L)                                                        Ms. Shawn Skelly (R)

Transgender veteran Shawn Skelly has been tapped for a crucial role in Joe Biden’s transition team. Her appointment is an early indication Mr.Biden will fulfill his campaign promises to reverse Trump’s anti-trans agenda.

As part of the Biden transition team, Shawn Skelly will be one of those responsible for evaluating the Department of Defense, understanding how it operates, and helping ensure a smooth transfer of power.

Ms. Shawn Skelly is a Co-Founder of Out In National Security and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a Naval Flight Officer, retiring with the rank of Commander.

President-elect Joe Biden has made it a priority to Reverse the transgender military ban.

In 2010, Biden played a leading role in the Obama-Biden Administration’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allow gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members to serve the country they love without hiding their sexual orientation. In June 2016, the Obama-Biden Administration overturned the ban on transgender individuals serving openly, without hiding their gender identity. 

But Trump reversed this policy, barring transgender patriots from serving openly. This is discriminatory and detrimental to our national security. Every American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to do so—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and without having to hide who they are. Biden will direct the U.S. Department of Defense to allow transgender service members to serve openly, receive needed medical treatment, and be free from discrimination.

Ms. Skelly was formerly special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, and coordinator of the Department of Defense Warfighter Senior Integration Group. Skelly is the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a president of the United States, the Washington Post reports.

Trump hasn’t conceded the election and has refused to allow the incoming administration access to national security briefings.

High-ranking GOP senators told reporters on Thursday that they think Joe Biden should be receiving security briefings following his projected win in the presidential election. The Trump administration is currently withholding the classified briefings from Biden. The list of senators who support Biden receiving security briefings includes Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Lindsey Graham, James Lankford, and John Cornyn.

President-elect Biden has been congratulated by world leaders with the exception of two autocratic allies of President Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil — as well as President Xi Jinping of China.


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