Trump Bans Transgender Community From Serving In The Military


Early this morning, Trump released a series of tweets banning the transgender community from serving in the military. The series of three tweets read as following:

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"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow..........Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you"







The decision reverses a policy that was initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama. According to CNN, Ash Carter, the Defense secretary under Obama, ended the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military in 2016, but allowed for a year-long review process to allow the Pentagon to determine how it would accept new transgender recruits into the military.

"Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force?" Mattis said in a memo late last month. "Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America's military to defend the nation? It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military Services."

Based on this study, the number of transgender people serving in the military sits somewhere between 1,320 and 6,630 out of the total 1.3 million military force.

What are your thoughts on Trump's decision? How do you think this affects not only the LGBTQ community, but society as a whole?
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