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Trump Issues New Transgender Military Ban

by Countable | Updated on 3.26.18

What’s the story?

  • President Donald Trump has released an order that would formally ban most transgendered people from serving in the military.

  • The White House said troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” – those who may require medical treatment to transition to another gender – “are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”

  • The president’s July 2017 decision to ban transgender military service has been blocked by several legal challenges.

Why does it matter?

  • The memorandum adopts policy recommendations from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that “transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition" cannot serve.

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying:

“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.”

  • Civil rights organizations, congressional Democrats, and transgender military groups criticized the new policy.
  • Blake Dremann, president of SPART*A, and an active duty Navy Lieutenant Commander, said:

“There's no justification for this ban. And there's no justification for leaving our country without service members who are fully capable of performing their duties to the standards set forth by their commanders.”

What do you think?

Tell your reps what you think of the Trump administration’s decision to reinstate the ban on military service by transgender individuals using the Take Action button. Then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/26/2018
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    What an evil, reprehensible, idiotic act.

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  • JamieD
    03/26/2018
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    I ask my representatives to stand up to this behavior and call out Trump for his discriminatory ban. The “best military force the world has ever seen” isn’t the best until it includes all Americans who are fit and willing to serve.

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  • Chickie
    03/26/2018
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    No matter your sexuality, if you are willing to serve our country, you should be allowed to do so. I am grateful to each and every person who serves! If the military leadership see the wrong with the ban, why can’t #45? Perhaps because his own insecurities and phobias are so large, they’re blocking his view?

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  • Robert
    03/26/2018
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    This action follows the GOP practice of excluding people of color and those of minority status that do not fit in according to GOP ideology. This is particularly evil because we are talking about a coward excluding patriots who are being denied their freedom to serve their country.

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  • Glenn
    03/26/2018
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    Oh hey, more policies put in place that reinforce disinformation about gender dysphoria and transness as a mental illness. Just great.

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  • BrandonY
    03/26/2018
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    There is no non-religious argument for supporting a ban of transgendered individuals from serving our great country. True patriotism is having pride in our nation and supporting all of those who wish to serve. Those who know transgendered individuals intimately have set aside their fears of mental instability, building relationships with wonderful people who deserve the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. Please, rethink this ban and consider what it means to be a patriotic American citizen who supports our troops who sacrifice daily to protect the country we love. What is under a military uniform is irrelevant and does not affect the spirits of those who serve.

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  • Blake
    03/26/2018
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    💥This is nothing less than ignorance about serving in the military! People of all genders serve now without an issue. #45 would not know this since he hasn’t served nor has his worthless sons! Pence is the other biggest homophobe- tho there are more in the GOP! You all show your ignorance about all of this for transgender troops. The troops have no issue nor do the Generals so keep your racist, homophobic, xenophobic, women abusing, self righteous indignation to your KKK robes, and away from the military!😡🇺🇸

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  • Karana
    03/26/2018
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    Just feeding his religious base. What an ass. He should have no say as not a member of armed forces

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  • Brødy
    03/26/2018
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    Please do all you can to fight against this discriminatory and unjust ban

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  • Laine
    03/26/2018
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    Anyone that wishes to protect our nation should be allowed the opportunity to do so!

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  • Melissa
    03/26/2018
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    This isn’t any more ok than it was the first time he tried this garbage.

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  • Truly
    03/26/2018
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    Another disgusting act by private bone spurs. Anyone supporting the hatred and despicable actions coming from this administration should be ashamed and should never even pretend they support America and its ideals.

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  • Loretta
    03/26/2018
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    Please stop this spiteful SOB from shaming these people

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  • Keeley
    03/26/2018
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    Please stand up to this discrimination. We can make the difference!

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  • Countryfirst
    03/27/2018
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    If ANYONE who is qualified wants to serve this country then they should be allowed to serve...we need qualified troops who want to serve..most of the clowns in government have NEVER served..look at the moron in charge and his entire family! Bone spurs..DISGUSTING!

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  • Will
    03/26/2018
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    This is just a mess. There is nothing to gain from banning a group of people from military service. All it does is discriminate.

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  • David
    03/26/2018
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    All this does is discriminate.

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  • Zach
    03/26/2018
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    I do not support this, just because someone is transgender doesn’t mean that they should have to forfeit their right to serve our country. The financial aspect of having transgenders is cheaper than the amount of condoms the military buys annually.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    03/27/2018
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    The ban on so called transgender people is needed because of their need to be out of service for long periods of time, medications for elective surgical procedures, and if they don’t know what gender that God created them they shouldn’t be in the military. Transgender surgery can never change a person’s DNA. They are still the gender they were born with. Gender confusion needs to be dealt with instruction on what gender they were created. Parents need to instruct their children correctly and then there wouldn’t be the confusion.

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  • Hillary
    03/26/2018
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    Our troops are at work, they aren’t paid to be in bed having sex. Their gender and preferences have zero bearing on the job they are signed up to do. When we call an ambulance to help a heart attack victim we don’t say “wait! Don’t touch me yet- do you have sex on top? No, then get lost because I’d rather die than have YOU save me.” Trans gender persons are brave enough to daily face stupid, opinionated people who despise them simply for existing. They are going to be brave in military situations too.

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