Pentagon temporarily allows trans troops to re-enlist in Military

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

"Since Donald Trump announced his cruel and discriminatory ban on transgender service members, a bipartisan chorus of Americans and members of Congress have made loud and clear that our nation must protect transgender troops", said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride.

The memo prohibits the military from enlisting transgender people and from using funds to pay for gender transition-related surgery, and gives Mattis six months to determine what to do with now serving transgender troops.

"Despite being denied a vote on my bipartisan amendment to defend our transgender service members, we are not giving up in this fight", said Senator Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.

"Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve - including those who are transgender", he continued.

"Before the President's vicious attack on transgender Americans, transgender service members had been serving openly and proudly in every branch of the US military for more than a year", Peter Renn, a senior attorney for Lambda Legal, said in a statement.

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The LGBTQ organizations behind a second lawsuit challenging President Trump's ban on transgender military members have asked for a federal court to issue an injunction that would stop the Department of Defense from carrying out the ban. That evaluation led to a 2016 directive that ended a prior ban on the open service of transgender people.

Much of the debate over transgender military members has centered around medical costs and operational readiness, Military Times noted. The Pentagon refused to release the memo, but provided a summary.

The announcement came just over a year after the Obama administration announced transgender troops could serve openly in the military.

He added that while this is the current policy, it only remains in effect until the Pentagon implements its "final policy concerning the military service by transgender individuals".

The bill supported by McCain is also sponsored by Sens. "There is no medical or psychiatric justification for the categorical exclusion of transgender individuals from the Armed Forces". Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) seeks to prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from removing current service members exclusively on the basis of their gender identity. "Any qualified American, regardless of their gender identity, should be able to serve their country".

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