There have strong reactions to President Donald Trump’s announcement banning transgender individuals from serving in the United States Military in any capacity.
President Trump announced via his Twitter on Wednesday that the military “cannot be burdened” with the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
The announcement reverses a lift on the ban on transgender people from serving in the military, made last June of 2016 under the Obama administration. Transgender individuals were set to be able to enlist beginning in June 2017, but that was delayed for six months by Defense Secretary Jim Mattiss in order to review its impact.
The ban affects the 1,300 to 6,600 transgender active service members, according to the Rand Research corporation.
Meanwhile, the announcement also comes amid a debate in Washington DC over the Obama-era policy that pays for the medical costs of those transitioning from one gender to another.
During a briefing today, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee said the White House and the Department of Defense will have to work together to lawfully determine the implementation of the new policy.
“The President’s expressed concern ever since this Obama policy came into effect and he’s also voiced that this is a very expensive and disruptive policy, and based on consultation that he’s had with this security team, came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made the decision based on that,” said Huckabee.
BA spoke to Fil-am Doctor Kevin Nadal, a leading expert on the effects of discrimination on LGBT people, who is calling the ban a form of workplace discrimination as well as a violation of civil rights.