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.