Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military

Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military

GLAAD, a media monitoring organization dedicated to promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community, strongly condemned President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday that transgender people would be prohibited from serving in the military, calling it a "direct attack" on transgender Americans.

Transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the American military in any capacity, President Donald Trump said, adding that U.S. forces shouldn't be "burdened by" medical costs and "disruption" they would bring.

".Victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".

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Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the American military since a year ago, when former USA defence secretary Ash Carter ended the ban.

The Pentagon had been expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been "stable" in their preferred gender for 18 months.

Opponents of this ban have been quick to point out that the cost of healthcare for transgender people serving in the military makes little difference in the military's total healthcare costs.

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The transgender woman and U.S. Army solider was convicted in July 2013 of violating the Espionage Act after she confessed to leaking more than 700,000 military documents a few years earlier. That constitutes a 0.13 percent increase.

The U.S. Supreme Court in March scrapped plans to hear a major transgender rights case and threw out a lower court's ruling in favor of a transgender Virginia high school student after Trump rescinded Obama's policy. Under Obama, the military arguably became a "progressive" social experiment.

The aforementioned 2016 RAND Corporation report found that integrating trans soldiers had "little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness or readiness" in these countries because trans soldiers (and the costs for their medical care) represent a very small fraction of the overall military population and its budget.

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