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Donald Trump orders broad ban on transgendered people in United States military

Donald Trump orders broad ban on transgendered people in United States military

On March 23, Donald Trump said, "Transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria-individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery-are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances".

These exceptions, according to a White House memo, are for transgender people who have been "stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession" or service-members who "do not require a change of gender".

Trump's new policy recommendation is based on a memo written by Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said last month that the presence of transgender troops "could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality".

Trump's memorandum said the two cabinet secretaries recommended people diagnosed with gender dysphoria be barred from military service.

Gregory T. Angelo-president of Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for equal rights for the LGBT community-said in a statement that the policy appeared to allow "continued open service of current transgender soldiers", tantamount to an admission by the Pentagon that "there is ultimately no difficulty with the status quo" and that the policy is reverse engineered and may succeed only in "stoking culture wars".

The report found that allowing transgender people to serve openly would have a minimal impact on force readiness and healthcare costs.

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Trump had previously tweeted a ban on transgender recruits in the military, which he then followed up with a policy memorandum that banned transgender recruits and barred the Department of Defense (DoD) from funding gender-reassignment surgeries.

Matt Thorn, president of OutServe-SLDN, said: "This policy is a thinly veiled and feeble attempt by the Trump-Pence administration to justify the unnecessary discrimination of qualified patriots in order to advance their own personal agendas and in defiance of the administration's top military leadership". Dave Eastborn, a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon responded by allowing those serving to stay in the military, and began allowing transgender individuals to enlist beginning January 1. The new policy must first be published in the Federal Register, which generally requires new rules to be reviewed and subject to a public comment period before they are enacted. Trump had declared that he would revise former President Barack Obama's policy, which allowed transgender people to join the United States forces.

"This is the same reckless ban that has been rejected by the federal courts, the American Medical Association, many bipartisan members of Congress, and most of the American people", said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. They have before. But should that fail (let's not forget, Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S.1820, a bill "to provide for the retention and service of transgender members of the Armed Forces", back in September of 2017.

Trump announced the ban in July to resolve a quietly brewing fight on Capitol Hill over whether taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender service members.

The decision to ban Americans who might willingly put their lives on the line to protect the country comes as the military struggles to meet its recruiting goals, forcing it to accept recruits with lower qualifications.

Some 8,980 service members reportedly identify as transgender, but only 937 active duty personnel were diagnosed with gender dysphoria since the end of June 2016, according to White House figures.

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