No change in transgender policy - Pentagon

Saul Bowman
July 28, 2017

Reed, a West Point graduate who later served in the 82nd Airborne Division, added that Trump announced the ban on the anniversary of President Harry Truman's order desegregating the US military.

The email from Vice Adm. Robert Burke also acknowledges that Trump's announcement is "causing concern for some of our sailors and that they likely have questions".

Mattis was on vacation when Trump made his announcement. "There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance".

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Transgender people had to demonstrate they had been stable in their new gender for at least 18 months, and some have come out as transgender in the meantime.

But Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., called Trump's transgender ban "a divisive political move" and a "retreat in the march toward equality".

An Army reservist who works at the Los Angeles LGBT Center spoke out Wednesday after President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people in the military. He wrote the military can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption from transgender military service members.

Villanueva says she doesn't believe President Trump's argument that this has to do with healthcare costs, "The military is paying more for acne medication and Viagra than transgender healthcare", she said. "We have different perspectives from different places, and that's what makes us the greatest military in the world". He is one of more than 2,400 active transgender service members.

The Obama administration announced a year ago that transgender people would be allowed to serve openly in the military. "We will provide detailed guidance to the Department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented". At a time when 0.4% of the USA population serves in uniform, removing highly trained, well-qualified, and deeply committed service members does nothing to increase readiness - in fact, it does the opposite.


How have people reacted to Mr Trump's announcement?

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania National Guard and an Iraq war veteran, said he didn't support an outright ban on transgender troops. "There should be no discrimination", Hatch told me today. "The people in my chain of command know my transition, as do numerous soldiers who serve with me. But after spending time on missions and realising we all share the same love for the country, we worked together and got the job done".

Kristin Beck, a retired Navy Seal had a direct request to President Donald Trump. "You're not really a part of America, '" he said.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Manning shared a photo of herself at the White House, protesting against the ban. "Trans people are 'mentally ill.' We are 'predators.' We are the ethereal enemy of the moment", Manning wrote.

Several defence professionals also questioned the decision. She said her fellow service-members were supportive too. "The fitness standards are designed around biological characteristics of male and female, because they're created with the idea of how well an individual handles their body weight, which is the essence of military fitness", Hasson said.

While talking with Fallon, Harrison said that perhaps the president just isn't well-informed about the LGBTQ community.

"Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing our nation", Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a long-time opponent of the Obama administration's position, said.

"I think they realize they made a mistake", McCain said.

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