Pence, Bannon pushed for transgender troop ban

by Garry Watts July 28, 2017, 0:08
Pence, Bannon pushed for transgender troop ban

But Mr Trump caused outrage on Wednesday when he announced he would be banning all "transgender individuals" from serving in the military "in any capacity". Villanueva says they aren't the disruption,"The mission has not changed, we still do our work".

President Donald Trump's plans to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military takes the United States off a short list of countries that allow individuals to serve in the armed forces regardless of gender identity.

"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said Thursday in a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders that there will be no modifications" for now to current policy allowing all transgender people to serve openly.

"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail", he added.

About 2,450 military servicemembers are transgender, according to a study by the RAND Corporation, though the estimated number of transgender service members has varied.

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"If he ends up doing an executive order on this - the people who are already openly serving - because there are people openly serving now because of Obama's orders - what's going to happen to them - are they just going to be dismissed out of the military?"

Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, director of the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project, National LGBTQ Task Force, said Trump "has stood against the trans community with this decision and is harming lives for the sake of political gains".

"The president's tweet this yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter", he said.

Adding to the confusion is that Trump's decision came without a plan in place to implement it. It's a great feeling to be able to serve the country and perform. And we don't even talk about the ongoing struggle of the transgender community over the discriminatory bathroom laws. "I don't care what's in someone's trousers, I don't care who they love, I care, can they get the job done?" We have service-members serving in vital roles in the military like pilots, air crew members, and security forces, special forces, doctors, medics, JAG officers and attorneys. "There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity". She wears a heart-shaped ring with the American flag every day to remind her of her service.

Bender argues that those against having transgender individuals in the military do not understand the changing times.

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