HRW Response to Trump's Ban on Transgender Service Members

While President Trump claims procedures for transgender service members is costly, only approximately 160 sailors and five Marines are known to be undergoing some form of transgender transition. To borrow language from one of the doctrine's architects, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the trans ban may be just the kind of "classification of persons undertaken for its own sake, something the Equal Protection Clause does not permit".

President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity", citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption".

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When asked by journalists if he was in favour of the president's proposal, Rear Admiral Whitesell said it will be "interesting" to see how the issue and policy "plays out", and stressed he does not have an opinion on it "one way or the other".

The decision, announced by Trump on Twitter Wednesday morning, reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama that would allow transgender people to openly serve in the military.

As Georgia's largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, Georgia Equality stands with the 15,000 transgender service members across our country, the more than 350,000 LGBTQ Georgians, and the countless people in this country who know this is the wrong move, to oppose President Trump's departure from the policies of the US Military.

In an email, a senior House Republican aide told Politico that GOP leaders weren't expecting, nor were warned about, Trump's final decision.

Read Politico's entire report on Trump's transgender troops ban here.

After Trump's tweet was posted, Canada replied. Holding signs with slogans like "Resist" and "We Object", protesters filled the plaza in front of the U.S. Armed Forces recruiting station near 43rd Street and Broadway to voice their opposition to the policy change.

This would be a military health-care spending increase of 0.04 to 0.13 percent. She said she would need to see how the new military policy is rolled out before determining whether she will take action. Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon's personnel system. "Sometimes it is a better fighting force if men of one color or national origin are together in units", we wrote on July 30, 1948. "We will not cede an inch to this Administration's blatant attacks on the rights of women, religious minorities, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and people of color".

Many talented Americans will be left ineligible for service thanks to Trump's ruling.

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