President Trump today (july 26) announced via Twitter that the US military will no longer "accept or allow" transgendered people to serve in the arm forces in any capacity.
Making his arguement via a series of tweets, the President laid out his reason for the decision. He claim that "too much was at stake" in the military’s current operations for it to be “burdened” by the medical costs of transgender people or the “disruption” he says transgender service members would cause.
These statements by the commander-in-chief go against the current Department of Defense policy that had been crafted with Armed Services leadership, as well as medical and personnel experts.
From the Defense Department website:
“Transgender service members may serve openly. They may not be discharged or separated from the military solely on the basis of their gender identity. As with other major presidential announcements from Trump on Twitter, there will likely be extraordinary backlash to this statement from liberal and moderate circles.”
GLAAD, a prominent LGBTQ advocacy organization, condemned the ban on transgender soldiers as part of “the full-scale attack on LGBTQ Americans by the Trump Administration.”
“President Trump today issued a direct attack on transgender Americans, and his administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government – even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation,” Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”
It is not known at this time if and/or when any official rule change will take place. According to estimates from the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than 134,000 American veterans are transgender and more than 15,000 transgender individuals are currently serving in the military.