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Excerpt: "President Trump's ban on transgender military personnel went into effect on Friday, nearly two years after he first announced the plan via a series of tweets."

Demonstrators gather to protest U.S. president Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. (photo: Reuters)
Demonstrators gather to protest U.S. president Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. (photo: Reuters)


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Trump's Transgender Military Ban Takes Effect Today

By The Daily Beast

12 April 19

 

resident Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel went into effect on Friday, nearly two years after he first announced the plan via a series of tweets. In July 2017, Trump tweeted that “transgender individuals” would no longer be allowed “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” The policy reverses a 2016 decision by former President Obama that transgender individuals could serve their country openly, having found that they have minimal financial impact on the military. Trump has claimed that transgender troops pose “tremendous medical costs,” a claim that has been debunked, as they account for less than 10 percent of what the military spends on erectile dysfunction medication.

Since Trump’s first announcement, the policy has been delayed by court challenges, public protest, as well as groundbreaking congressional testimony from transgender troops. The Department of Defense has defended the policy, and claims it does not discriminate against transgender individuals—only requiring them to serve under the gender they were assigned at birth. Activists argue that stipulation is discriminatory, forcing transgender troops to chose between medical treatment for gender dysphoria and keeping their jobs.

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+2 # suzyskier 2019-04-13 08:49
What other senseless cruel idea is he going to come up with next? He must spend his days coming up with ways to punish people for being who they were born as. Muslims, Mexicans, Blacks, Central Americans, Gays, Women the list goes on and on. I have never witnessed such cruelty and criminality in our government before. It’s like a nightmare. It only reminds me of another criminal regime that lasted 13 years instead of the 1000 years projected, Hope this one goes away in less than 4!
 

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