Donald Trump announces barring of transgender people from U.S. military

27 July, 2017, 18:29 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Hoffman-Zinnel says President Trump's call for a ban on transgender service members is "horrific and uncalled for".

Local members of the LGBT community and others are speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision today to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

As the New York Times has reported, Trump's decision reverses President Obama's transformation of the military, in which transgender people were allowed to serve openly.

The announcement was made through a series of tweets by the president Wednesday morning and would roll back previous inclusive military policies implemented under former President Barack Obama. Adding insult to injury, Mr. Trump, who secured a Vietnam draft deferment for bone spurs, said the military "must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory" - as if transgender enlistees would be feeble wimps after volunteering for battle.

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"While I do not support government funding of transitioning, I do support the inclusion of any and all qualified Americans who can meet the standards necessary to serve in the world's greatest military."

"We know there are thousands of patriotic transgenders already serving".

President Trump's tweet has elicited strong reactions from people on both sides of the aisle.

Heathscott says she's disappointed, but not surprised.

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"I kept it a secret for 24 years in the military", McGinnes said.

Abad is an activist for Detroit's Transgender community and just recently she did cultural competency training for the U.S. Army in Lansing, educating military personnel about Transgender issues.

Once again, though, Donald Trump has shown that he is on the wrong side of history - but the thousands of fearless transgender members of the us military aren't likely to go down without a fight.

"They're anxious about if they're gonna have to go back to their gender assigned at birth or if they're gonna get kicked out", he says. He says a study commissioned by the defense department shows gender transition-related healthcare would increase the military's health coverage costs by 0.13 percent or less.

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"I don't think it would be actively good to serve in the military as a transgender", said Noel Soto. "I was in a dead end in many areas in my life, as many transgender individuals are", she said.

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