March 18, 2018

Donald Trump Bans Transgender People From The US Military

09 August 2017, 08:54 | Winifred Adams

Trump's Trans Military Ban Now Policy


The cost of discharging and replacing the military's estimated 12,800 trans service members is almost 100 times that of trans health care according to the report.

"It is abundantly clear that any effort by President Trump to ban military service by transgender individuals would not only constitute poor policy but would be unconstitutional on its face", the representatives wrote. The suit states that "upon information and belief, the White House turned [Trump's] decision into official guidance, approved by the White House counsel's office, to be communicated to the Department of Defense".

"Trump's directive to exclude transgender people from military service has created a tidal wave of harms that have already been felt throughout our armed services", Shannon Minter, a transgender legal expert and NCLR Legal Director, said in a statement. Another plaintiff, who began seeking medical care related to her gender transition a year ago relying on the fact she was allowed to serve openly, has been "counting on the compensation and benefits accrued during that time to pay for further education and training to begin a civilian career, but she fears that the ban may result in early termination of her contract".

As many as 56 retired generals and admirals came out against the proposed, ban arguing that it would "cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie".

"The directive to reinstate a ban on open service by transgender people violates both the Equal Protection component of the Fifth amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution", the groups said in the complaint. "Fully implementing President Trump's ban would cost $960 million in pursuit of saving $8.4 million per year", the report concludes.

This policy has not been made public, but a Los Angeles Blade source said it is on its way, and that "the administration want [s] to get rid of transgender servicemembers as fast as they can".

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A group of transgender troops are suing Donald Trump over his tweets announcing a ban on trans people serving openly in the military.

"The President's order to remove transgender service members from the United States armed forces is nothing less than a purge". The result was thoughtful change and extensive revision and implementation of military rules and regs.

The lawsuit filed by GLAD and the National Center Lesbian Rights isn't the only legal initiative planned against Trump's anti-trans military policy.

OutServe-SLDN, an LGBT legal services and watchdog organization, has announced they will be filing a lawsuit along Lambda Legal to challenge the upcoming policy.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political and White House Reporter for the Washington Blade.

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