Trump’s first attempt to ban transgender people from the military proved a failure, so he withdrew the policy–to replace it with another ban, reports Sophie Tatum for CNN. According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, this policy has been “developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans.”
The policy cites trans people’s possible desire for gender-affirming medical treatment as the reason for the ban. It would, however, allow some trans people to join “under certain limited circumstances.” These circumstances apparently include trans people who are “stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession” or those who “do not require a change of gender” (while this wording is confusing and inadequate, we might assume that this is a reference to trans people who do not feel the need to medically transition).
Transgender troops and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups are speaking out against the ban. Ashley Broadway-Mack, a current Army officer’s spouse and president of the American Military Partner Association, stated, “The Trump-Pence administration’s continued insistence on targeting our military families for discrimination is appalling, reckless, and unpatriotic.”
“What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy,” said ACLU attorney Joshua Block. “This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence. It is reverse-engineered for the sole purpose of carrying out President Trump’s reckless and unconstitutional ban, undermining the ability of transgender service members to serve openly and military readiness as a whole.”
Read the CNN article here.