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posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 24
Intel chief defends rights of Transgender community
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Intel chief defends rights of Transgender community

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Following the lead of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper weighed in on the national debate about Transgender bathroom access June 8, becoming the latest high-level government official to voice support for the community.

Clapper addressed the issue directly, declaring in a press release that when it comes to facilities within his buildings, 'You can use whatever restroom you feel comfortable and safe in.'

The press release was issued just before he began speaking at the Fifth Annual Intelligence Community Pride Summit, held at Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

'I won't dwell on the issue of Transgender rights,' his statement said. 'I know our nation is currently engaged in a complex conversation with strong feelings on both sides. But here in the IC [intelligence community], we have the chance to lead by example.'

The press release noted that Clapper is a 'self-proclaimed 'intelligence geezer' whose own professional experience parallels Americans' changing attitudes toward the LGBTQ community.'

He was joined at the Pride Summit by FBI Director James Comey and DIA Director Vincent Stewart - a rare moment for all three government officials to speak to one group together.

Clapper thanked LGBTQ activists for their tireless work, before acknowledging the challenges for the community going forward.

'When I consider the injustices still experienced, highlighted for example by the ongoing national debate over the rights of Transgender Americans, I know, yet still, our work is not done,' he said.

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