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Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban Goes Into Effect

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Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban Goes Into Effect

Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban Goes Into Effect

Welp, it looks like Donald Trump got one thing he wanted. He finally got to implement a ban on transgender people in the military — nearly two years after he shot off tweets declaring the military “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.”

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The ban prohibits new military recruits from transitioning and also allows the military to discharge those currently serving if they do not present as their birth gender. Those still serving will be barred from taking hormones or getting gender-affirming surgery.

Trump’s administration has insisted that there is “too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality” to allow transgender people to serve. Despite this, the Pentagon says the restrictions are not an actual “ban,” however, LGBTQ groups believe that forcing trans soldiers to hide their identity or lose their job is a major problem which will result in increased stigma and mental health issues down the line.

“With the implementation of this transgender military ban, our nation is once again shamefully forcing brave American heroes to hide who they are in order to serve,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association.

It was said that more than 10,000 trans people serving in the military across active service and reserves may be affected by this ban.

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RELATED: US Supreme Court Allows Transgender Military Ban To Go In Effect

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