This bill was introduced by Rep. Susan K. DelBene (D-WA) as H.R.915 on February 12, 2015.
This bill will expand the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include LGBT veterans.
PFLAG Talking Points
- LGBTQ veterans deserve to be acknowledged and have their voices heard. The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still relatively recent, and this bill would help further end the forced silence LGBT veterans have been subject to for decades and give them a platform to speak about issues affecting them.
- Transgender people are still unable to serve in the military. If a space is designated for LGBT veterans on an advisory committee, it may be easier to advocate for transgender inclusion.
- The presence of transgender service members is acknowledged. Even though transgender service is still prohibited, this bill’s language recognizes that transgender people are serving anyway. It also asserts that those service members deserve a voice.