There is no way for me to not draw parallels between racial segregation in the military and this discrimination against transgender service members. The Department of Defense has already made a decision to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today.
President Trump cited the decision on the medical costs associated with transgender troops.
"ADVERTISEMENT" Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail", Trump added.
Catholic Online hailed the transgenderism ban as a victory for Christians, pointing to Pope Francis' reminder in Amoris Laetitia that "the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created".
A day after, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford advised the military that the Pentagon will not take any action until Trump sends over an official directive. To the thousands of trans people now serving in the military and to the thousands more who love and support them, we will not stop fighting.
Prior to Trump's announcement, reports indicated that service branches were having difficulty crafting integration policies for future transgender service members. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) composed a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, urging him not to impose the unconstitutional ban on transgender troops in the military.More news: Two dead in stampede at South African football match
Trump's announcement was reportedly a response to ongoing feuding over funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, among other campaign promises. She waited until after she retired from the military to make her gender transition. That last statement appeared to reflect a concern that confusion over Trump's tweets might distract troops, who are engaged in unsafe operations around the world, including shooting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
"I'm proud that the District is one of the nation's most welcoming jurisdictions for transgender people of all walks of life, and I pledge to continue working hard to ensure they get the protection and the respect they deserve". "It would harm our readiness by denying the military of these service members' capabilities and requiring the military to replace them at a time when the recruiting pool for the services continues to shrink". "In fact, research has shown that trans veterans would want to return to the military if the environment allowed for it".
While the military hasn't started admitting openly transgender recruits, thousands of its personnel - no figures are kept, but estimates go from 2,500 to more than 15,000 - are transgender.
The Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll was conducted online in English across the United States.
Some studies report that transgender individuals experience psychological distress at rates many times the USA national average.