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  • Aug 2017

Trump banned Transgenders in Military

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By : isamupipe
Civil rights groups on Saturday announced their intent to file suit against Donald Trump’s “mean-spirited and discriminatory” attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the US armed forces. Trump announced the ban on Twitter in July. Top US military leaders have not implemented it, since no formal guidance was provided. But after a report published late on Friday said the White House had approved guidance on the ban, Lambda Legal and OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (Outserve-SLDN) announced an intent to file suit.

Sasha Buchert, a Lambda Legal staff attorney and transgender military veteran, said the ban was “capricious, irrational and clearly driven by anti-LGBT forces in the administration who care more about harming transgender people than keeping our nation safe”. “The safety of all service members – transgender or not – is undermined by a policy like this that distracts from the important missions they have for no valid reason,” Buchert wrote in a blogpost.

On 26 July, just over a year after the US defense department announced an end to its transgender ban, Trump used Twitter to say he would reinstate it. “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,” he wrote.

There is no official count of transgender service members, but OutServe-SLDN estimates the number at about 15,500. Before a ban on their service was struck down, such service members could be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment or continuation of service, just for being transgender.

Shortly after Trump’s tweeted announcement, civil liberties groups including Lambda, OutServe-SLDN and the American Civil Liberties Union vowed to file suit once the ban took effect.