WASHINGTON, USA - JULY 6: U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during a joint press briefing with French Minister o
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It's another exciting, progressive day for America. The Associated Press reports that the Pentagon is working on lifting a ban barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. It's one of the last gender barriers facing the armed forces.

In a statement to the publication, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said:

"We must ensure that everyone who's able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so. And we must treat all of our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Going forward the Department of Defense must and will continue to improve how we do both."

The Pentagon is expected to release an official statement this week and has six months to "assess the impact of the change and work out the details." It's a slow process, but a necessary one.

Read more about it here, then check out these musicians who refuse to conform to gender norms.