Published: Fri, July 28, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump bans trangender individuals from serving in the armed forces

Trump bans trangender individuals from serving in the armed forces

Allen, whose father served in the United States Air Force, slammed Trump's decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military in an Instagram post Wednesday.

"We just lost everything we worked for", said Vietnam veteran Rebecca McDonald.

The National Center for Transgender Equality said Trump made an "egregious attack" against transgender service members, estimating about 15,000 transgender people serve in the USA armed services. "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".

A study by the Rand Group that was commissioned by the Pentagon found there are between 2,500 to 7,000 service members in the active duty military and up to 4,000 in the reserves.

"It's scary that people who have spent years of their life serving their country who happened to be transgender who require medical attention are potentially going to get kicked out", Bender said.

A number of politicians have also come out against Trump's ban.

Huckabee addressed the ban during a briefing, she said the status of current transgenders serving is unknown.

The tweet received some initial backlash when Twitter users called Ivanka Trump out for supporting "the most anti-LGBTQ+ presidential ticket in recent times", as one Twitter user put it, adding, "Your words mean nothing to us".

"The president's tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter", McCain said.

"We are indebted to all who serve". And, the impact of his words sparked emergency protests in the streets of San Francisco, home to one of the largest and most high-profile transgender communities in the country.

"Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet", Buzzfeed News reports.

Trump's announcement has led to widespread criticism from the two parties' congressmen, as well as social activists and celebrities. "They are patriots. And they deserve better than this".

What remains to be seen is how other countries of the world, who used to look up to the United States of America for its democratic values react to this decision taken by Trump administration.

The comedian then defended the "amazingly courageous trans people" who should be able to join the military, as well as those who are already serving or who have in the past. "It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military services".

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