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Trump bans transgenders from US military

27 July 2017

President Trump says the U.S. Military will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in its armed forces in any capacity, and people everywhere are reacting to it, including right here in the Midlands. That decision is already affecting the LGBT population in San Antonio.

In a series of tweets, the president cited the "tremendous medical cost and disruption" that transgender individuals serving in the military would entail. But Defense Secretary James Mattis had announced a six-month delay, pending a review of the impact on military readiness and cost. Women were allowed in all combat roles in 2015.

The comedian then defended the "amazingly fearless trans people" who should be able to join the military, as well as those who are already serving or who have in the past. Majority wait until after they've finished military service to begin gender reassignment. Today, they got one. "So you wait to be who you are".

The ban will head to the National Security Council, Defense Sec. That amendment was voted down in the House. "You're not 100 percent prepared to fight".

"That the president of the country, that I risked my life to serve, has spit on me", said Char Davenport, transgender veteran. "But they are also wanting to do it in a country that honestly doesn't protect us - and doesn't give us the same rights". The cost for trans service members is negligible compared to that.

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A Pentagon-commissioned study in 2016 showed that there are an estimated 1,320 to 6,630 transgender service members in the us military.

Still, President Trump used it as leverage to ban all transgender people from serving.

While the LGBTQ community is not happy about Trump's announcement, technology company executives took to twitter to express their view point on the ban. Trump's declaration comes amid Congress' consideration of a $700 billion spending bill to fund the Pentagon.

"I think it's using social policy to curry favor with a certain segment of the population that feels very strongly about transgender people whether they know anything about them", he added.

Trump bans transgenders from US military