Trump administration bans transgender people from serving in the military

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as he departs for Palm Beach Florida from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland U.S

A memo, released late on Friday, laid out the new policy, which formalises a pledge first made by US President Donald Trump on Twitter to implement a ban.

Following a Pentagon policy review after a tweet by President Donald Trump past year, the White House said the policy will say "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". Trump had declared that he would revise former President Barack Obama's policy, which allowed transgender people to join the U.S. forces.

Looking beyond the excessive medical cost taxpayers must bear, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, who believes changing sexes is "biologically impossible", says that being transgender is actually a "mental disorder".

The White House followed the tweet with formal guidance in August, directing the Pentagon to develop a plan to bar transgender individuals from serving and end government-funded sex reassignment surgeries for troops, except to protect the health of a service member who had already begun transition.

But the US Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said the policy still amounted to a ban, calling it "yet another Trump-Pence decision meant to drive a wedge in our society".

The memo goes further to specifically dictate that individuals who have sought any medical treatment related to their gender identity are thus banned from enlisting. "It's a gross mischaracterization of transgender people, and it's bad for our. military".

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had ruled that the military's current policy should remain in place.

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Trump's original ban was blocked by federal judges, and the new one is more focused on service members who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. It comes after court rulings froze the president's initial ban on transgender troops - issued in July - as potentially unconstitutional.

The policy announcement outraged advocates for transgender troops, and the advocates vowed to fight the limits in court. A Rand Corp study estimates there are 2,500 transgender personnel serving in active duty, and 1,500 in the reserves. The Pentagon responded by allowing those serving to stay in the military, and began allowing transgender individuals to enlist beginning January 1.

President's discrimination towards transgender people is well documented after he repealed Obama Administration's protection for transgender students. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve, while 30% oppose.

Sanders said the new policy was announced after extensive study by senior leaders under the direction of defense secretary James Mattis.

Pentagon officials agreed to continue complying with federal law. 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.

"What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy", the ACLU's Joshua Block said in a statement accusing the administration of forcing transgender people to choose between their humanity and their country.

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