Biden executive order reverses Trump, reopens military to transgender soldiers
President Joe Biden formally revoked the Trump administration's ban on transgender military service Monday, the latest in a slate of executive orders aimed at undoing former President Donald Trump's legacy and satisfying a litany of left-wing interest groups.
Finalized in 2018 in consultation with former defense secretary James Mattis and former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump policy disqualified from service "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria," specifically those who "may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery," except in "certain limited circumstances."
Already serving members (estimated at the time to total anywhere from 1,320 to 6,630) were allowed to stay but would be treated as members of their biological sex rather than their "gender identity," and held to the dress and grooming standards of the former. Current medical treatments would continue for current members already diagnosed with gender dysphoria, but new transition procedures would not be offered.
Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio said: "Normal Americans serving in the military as volunteers can not accept this type of bizarre policy and practicing chaplains who speak their first amendment belief of two genders, man and women, need protections now."