President Donald Trump Rescues U.S. Military with Transgender Ban
White House announces ban on most transgender service members
CBS NEWS REPORTS:
President Trump announced Friday a new transgender policy for the military that would ban most transgendered people from military service. He revoked the blanket ban announced last summer and said in a memorandum that he would defer to the recommendations of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Mattis, according to a court filing Friday, stated that transgendered people with gender dysphoria -- that is, who feel their emotional and psychological identity to be the opposite of their biological sex -- will be disqualified from military service, except in specific circumstances.
The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" - those who may require substantial medical treatment - "presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality."
The announcement was expected, since it was part of President Trump's executive memo in August 2017 reinstating a pre-2016 ban on transgender military service.
According to the White House memo, "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."
The memo further states "the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals."
COPY OF THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT BANNING TRANSGENDERS IN THE MILITARY
(Photo below) Public Advocate volunteers led by president Eugene Delgaudio march in support of President Trump's proposed ban on transgenders in the U.S. military last summer. Public Advocate urged the Republican National Committee to support Trump and the RNC passed a resolution recently at a quarterly meeting in support of the proposed ban on transgenders in the military.