Trump Issues Late Night Policy Memo Banning Most Transgender Servicemembers

Trump Issues Late Night Policy Memo Banning Most Transgender Servicemembers

Trump Issues Late Night Policy Memo Banning Most Transgender Servicemembers

The White House tonight released a memorandum that introduces a policy to ban most transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

A memo (pdf) from the secretary of defense released late Friday night notes that trans people are "disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances".

The order has enraged the Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender community.

"Transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria are disqualified from military service, except under the following limited circumstances: (1) if they have been stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession; (2) Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria after entering into service may be retained if they do not require a change of gender and remain deployable within applicable retention standards; and (3) now serving Service members who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria since the previous administration's policy took effect and prior to the effective date of this new policy, may continue to serve in their preferred gender and receive medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria".

It is said that the it would be on the discretion of secretary of defence and secretary of homeland security to consider as to what exactly may constitute those circumstances.

In August, Trump directed the Pentagon to reverse an Obama-era policy that had allowed transgender people, or those with gender dysphoria, to serve.

According to the order, most transgender people will be disallowed to serve in the national army.

Over three tweets, with no explanation or official follow up from the Pentagon, he wrote: "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".

The American Civil Liberties Union rights group condemned the new policy, calling it "transphobia masquerading as policy".

"The Trump-Pence administration's continued insistence on targeting our military families for discrimination is appalling, reckless, and unpatriotic", added American Military Partner Association president Ashley Broadway-Mack.

The president signed on Friday a memorandum, veto, which has been frozen in the courts since last December, but refers to a new policy recommended by the Pentagon that also represents a serious blow to the weakest link in the country, the LGTB community.

Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 transgender people are now serving as active-duty and reserve service members.

Mattis announced shortly after receiving the memo that transgender troops could continue serving while the Pentagon studied the issue.

On Friday, the Pentagon reaffirmed that it would continue to comply with federal law.

"No matter what @realDonaldTrump says, this is a transgender ban - plain and simple", Schumer tweeted.

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.

In a statement, Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said administration's new plan "solves nothing". Trump had declared that he would revise former President Barack Obama's policy, which allowed transgender people to join the U.S. forces.

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.

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