Orders to ban transgender troops in the U.S. gets closer as White House issues memo.
In August last year, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had plans to ban transgender troops from the military. What followed was a formally signed presidential memo that was delivered to the Pentagon for approval.
Despite this, the Pentagon was required to begin accepting transgender recruits at the very start of 2018, reportedly having already accepted one transgender recruit so far.
The orders from the President will now head in the Justice Department’s direction, who will need to make the case in federal court.
A recently-released memo from the White House provided more insight on what President Trump’s ban would involve:
Among other things, the policies set forth by the Secretary of Defense state that 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.
If approved, the policy will mean that only transgender people without gender dysphoria can serve, whilst any transgender troops that have a history of gender dysphoria or that have undergone gender transition will be disqualified.
LGBTQ+ advocates have been rallying against the policy since last year and have also made recent statements about the latest developments.
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. We are calling this what it is — an attempt to legitimise an unwarranted and unnecessary attack that targets individuals who have volunteered their lives in support of this country.
Jennifer Levi, transgender right project director for GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, added that “This Trump-Pence plan categorically bans transgender people from service, with no legitimate basis. It requires the discharge of trained, skilled troops who have served honourably for decades. It’s a gross mis-characterisation of transgender people, and it’s bad for our military.”
It now expected that the case will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.