Trump Administration Bans Transgender Individuals from Serving in Military

Posted on March 13, 2019 by

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On 22 January 2019, the Trump administration presented a transgender military ban to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court granted the request to allow it to ban most transgender individuals from serving in the military.

The Supreme Court allowed the ban with a vote of 5-4.

The policy states and prohibits “transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition” from serving.

In the year 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that the country would no longer accept or allow transgender Americans to serve in the military due to the tremendous medical costs and disruption.

The Trump administration needed the Justices to step in.

The White House said allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military presented “too great a risk to military effectiveness.”

The policy also states that transgender persons serving who require gender reassignment surgery or hormonal treatment during their service would be disqualified due to their inability to be developed for a period longer than 12 months.

The Pentagon clarified that this new policy is not a ban on all transgender persons from the military.

“I think transgenders should be allowed because both men and women can serve, so what is the difference if someone wants to serve once switching genders? I do not believe that this is hurting nor helping America’s military. I do believe Trump is homophobic because gender does not matter. Yes, this does violate people’s rights as Americans because you should always have a right to serve; there is nothing against this in the Constitution,” Fleetwood Area High School Senior Chloe Allison said.

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