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Xtra Weekly: Trump wants to ban trans people from the military

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Trump wants to ban transgender people from the military.

Here’s the background 👉In July 2017, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military, arguing that his government “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruptions.” The following month, Trump signed a memorandum banning trans military recruits.

The deadline for the policy to take effect was March 2018. However, federal courts issued preliminary injunctions to put the ban on hold because trans service members who challenged the policy had shown that it had harmful consequences. In an effort to bypass the injunctions, the Trump administration unveiled an updated version of the policy a year ago which recommended banning most trans troops while allowing those who’d already transitioned to remain within the ranks. This same policy served as a foundation for the new rules released this month.

The latest 👉Last week, Trump’s administration approved a directive that requires most trans service people and recruits to serve as the sex they were assigned at birth, and bars them from transitioning while they are in the military. The policy also gives new and existing trans service members only 30 days to qualify for gender transition.

However, in a decision released on March 19, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled the administration was wrong to say that it could begin to implement a ban on trans troops.

In the ruling, Kollar-Kotelly says, “Defendants were incorrect in claiming that there was no longer an impediment . . . Defendants remain bound by this Court’s preliminary injunction to maintain the status quo.”

This means that the Trump administration may not yet be able to implement a ban on trans troops.

Now, what 👉 Xtra investigates how this ban would affect current trans service members. Here’s what we found:


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