Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Trump Sued Over Plans to Ban Transgender Military Service

Trump Sued Over Plans to Ban Transgender Military Service

The president's three-tweet plan to stop transgender individuals from serving in the military has yet to be formally implemented, but attorneys for the service members have asked a federal court in Washington to block it immediately. Many LGBT groups and organizations have released statements against such a ban, and last week 56 retired generals and admirals came out with a statement condemning Trump's proposed ban, The Hill reports.

While it remains unclear whether Trump has issued official guidance to the Defense Department on his discriminatory order, thousands of trans military families are left reeling over their own futures as uncertainty over its implementation looms.

In the wake of Trump's ban tweet, Dunford issued a letter explaining the policy would not be changed until the White House issued additional "guidance", leaving an Obama administration policy that allows transgender people to openly serve in effect, for now.

All five say that since coming out as transgender, they continued to serve without incident.

The source told the Blade: "The administration wants to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can".

Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing against the president's plan to bar transgender people from serving in the USA military amid claims taking such action could come with a hefty price tag. A Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Pentagon a year ago estimates that there are about 11,000 transgender troops in the reserves and active-duty military.

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"The directive to reinstate a ban on open service by transgender people violates both the Equal Protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution", says a complaint filed by the five anonymous Jane Does in US District Court in Washington, DC.

The plaintiffs' stories offer a glimpse of some of the consequences such a ban would have on the lives on transgender service members.

Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project, said in a statement, "This unjustifiable reversal of policy is devastating to these soldiers and harmful to our country".

The Los Angeles Blade confirmed with two White House and Pentagon sources the new policy is on its way to the Secretary of Defense.

"Lambda Legal has a long history of fighting for LGBT service members and, teaming up with (LGBT Military Group) OutServe-SLDN, we're more than ready to fight like hell again". We condemn the intent of any person who would make it the mission of United States military to discriminate against the very citizens they are charged to defend.

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