Pentagon Details Trump's Infuriating New Trans Military Ban
In July of 2017 Donald Trump fired off a series of his notoriously well thought out, researched tweets that feel as though they're generated by a Megalomaniac Magic 8 Ball (available at a White House near you!) that declared a ban on all transgender people serving in the military.
The tweets caused an uproar in the LGBTQ community, as well as in all communities comprised of people who aren't horrible, but even after Trump attempted to take things further in August of 2017 - working diligently to overturn the Obama Administration's 2016 policy allowing transgender people to serve our country - the original plan was stalled until this year. According to Time, the White House administration declared in 2017 that the Pentagon had "until March 23, 2018" to enact a new trans military bad.
Well guess what yesterday was. In a not-so-surprising move for this current White House administration, in the 11th hour we now have details about the new policy recently signed by Trump, and while an outright ban on all trans people was rescinded, the new one lets transphobia ring true with enough concessions to potentially make the policy stick. A memo from the White House states that under the new policy:
...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.
[military personnel must be] stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession [or] not require a change of gender [in order to serve].
Those who served under the Obama administration are also exempt from the new policy. The White House memo continues:
This new policy will enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards -- including those regarding the use of medical drugs -- equally to all individuals who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen.
Trump's new transgender ban will still have to go through the federal courts, so nothing is final as of yet. The fact that we are attempting to turn away people willing to fight for our country is unfathomable, unconscionable, and unpatriotic, and just shows how desperate Trump is to rally his far right supporters.