Court order strikes down Trump’s transgender ban on US military service members

A second federal court has struck down President Donald Trump’s plans to discharge transgender military service members.

A US district court in Maryland has ruled that transgender service members were already suffering harmful consequences and a ban would harm them further when it came to their medical plans.

Earlier this year, President Trump announced in a series of tweets that he will ban transgender men and women from serving in the military, citing costs of medical insurance for procedures.

This ruling follows last month’s ruling in a DC court that also blocked the ban.

Joining BA on the phone is a 7-year active duty Navy core-man — one of an estimated 15,000 trans-service members, and also a part-time model, Akira Wyatt.

The Cebu-raised Akira has been active in the movement, and recently joined several trans-service members at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, walking the blue carpet in t-shirts showing solidarity, and describing their roles in the military.

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  • Mario
    23 November 2017 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Gays join the military service then have sex change at taxpayers expense. Each sex change cost more than $100K after several months/years visit from a Doctor. Then comes the cost of maintenance which is double or more from the sex exchange. Tri-care the military service insurance will cover all the procedures. Trump could not stop Tri-care for paying the cost of procedures. Banning the recruitment on transgender into the military service is one of the solution. But for those 15,000 trans service on active duty will continue to enjoy the benefits from Tri-Care at taxpayers expense.

    • Arbi
      26 November 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      If a person is willingly going in to the military to fight for the freedom of our country, then they should be allowed in regardless of their sexual orientation. People don’t have to be in the military, it is an option and if they are willing to do that for the U.S. then let them. Not all gays join the military to have sex change. Enjoy your freedom!

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    27 November 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Really interesting story here…Maybe Akira Wyatt is one of those wannabe sailors who spends most of his time walking like a duck and does not really understand what a Navy Corpsman (Core-man) is? Or maybe Balitang America host, whoever that maybe had so much earwax leading into misunderstanding Akira’s “lingo”…