Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Lawsuit Seeks To Uphold Transgender Military Rights

October 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Betsy A. Crumb

Ryan Karnoski, a Seattle native, has wanted to serve in the military since 2009. Karnoski identifies as transgender. He is currently registered with the Selective Service System, but due to the ban implemented on August 25 by the Trump administration, he is no longer able to enlist.

Staff Sgt. Cathrine Schmid has been serving in the Army since 2005 and is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Schmid, who was assigned the sex of male at birth, has a female gender identity and began living openly as a woman in 2014. In June of this year, she applied to become a warrant...

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