Trump's controversial transgender troop ban takes effect

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 14, 2019

He said the military will lose skilled, highly qualified individuals from service due to their gender identity and that the new policy could "encourage bias and discrimination".

The new policy largely requires service members and those wishing to join the military to adhere to the standards associated with their biological sex.

Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria, defined as "a marked incongruence between one's experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender. associated with clinically significant distress and impairment of functioning", will no longer be allowed medical surgeries for gender transition unless they are now in the process of receiving medical treatment.

"When (the Department of Defense) disqualifies all applicants with a history of gender dysphoria (unless they renounce transgender identity for years) and all applicants who have ever received treatment for gender dysphoria, that is a ban", Belkin said.

Meanwhile, Ashley Broadway-Mack, President of AMPA, the nation's largest organization of LGBTQ military families, said in a statement to CBS News, "With the implementation of this transgender military ban, our nation is once again shamefully forcing courageous American heroes to hide who they are in order to serve".

The Defense Department says people can serve if they remain their biological sex. But the final legal injunction was lifted in March, though new legal challenges are expected.

The Navy has issued guidance saying their employees will be allowed to live in their preferred gender when they are off-duty and only out of uniform. "Appropriate civilian attire, as outlined in their uniform regulations, will not be determined based on gender".

(Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) From left, transgender military members Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Peace and Navy Petty Officer Third Class Akira Wyatt, testify about their military service before a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Yet the Pentagon has said the policy doesn't require transgender service members to hide their gender identity. "The only thing deficient is any medical science behind this decision".

According to the Pentagon, roughly 9,000 service members self-identify as transgender.

The new regulation strips transgender troops of rights they only recently secured under the Obama administration to serve openly and receive care if they choose to transition to another gender.

Trump's administration has insisted that there is "too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality" to allow transgender people to serve - reversing a policy enacted under his predecessor Barack Obama.

The Supreme Court ruled that the military could enforce its policy on transgender service members after President Trump called for a blanket ban back in 2017 via tweet, claiming the US military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".

Defense officials were asked by reporters last month for the data that shows transgender individuals have a negative effect on military readiness and unit cohesion, but officials conceded that it doesn't exist because the Pentagon doesn't track transgender service members.

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