Trans vet, Obama alum named member of Biden transition team
The Washington Blade
By Chris Johnson
November 11, 2020
The Biden transition team has named transgender veteran Shawn Skelly as a member of its agency review team as LGBTQ advocates are pushing the new administration to undo President Trump’s transgender military ban expeditiously.
Skelly, who co-founded Out in National Security, an affinity group for LGBTQ national security professionals, and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a naval flight officer, is named a member of the agency review team for the Defense Department in a news statement that went out Wednesday.
Ted Kaufman, a former U.S. senator and co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition team, said in a statement members of the agency review team would rigorously evaluate operations of federal agencies as Joe Biden prepares to take office as president.
Skelly was special assistant to the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics; coordinator of the Department of Defense Warfighter Senior Integration Group. Skelly also served as director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat at the Department of Transportation during the Obama-Biden administration.
President-elect Biden is going to change the harm done to the trans community.
However, don’t expect everything to change back to the way it was under the Obama administration because we now have hundreds of far-right judges and we will also have deal with the obstructionist Senate majority leader McConnell.
Many of Trump’s programs that have to be turned back can be done by executive orders, some will take policy changes which will take time for hearings and reviews, while others will take congressional acting which Mitch will probably block, and court cases could be blocked by the Supreme Court.
As the blessing/curse “May you live in interesting times.” is being fulfilled.