Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 5 Things You Need to Know

Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 5 Things You Need to Know

Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 5 Things You Need to Know

"President Trump cast aside the rigorous, evidence-based policy of the Open Service Directive, and replaced it with discredited myths and stereotypes uninformed speculation, and animus against people who are transgender", the ACLU lawsuit states. He also said transgender people report higher instances of suicide and physiological issues, and that keeping them out of the military might be better for their health and safety.

Service members who are transgender were "immediately injured by the stigma created by the Transgender Service Member Ban", the ACLU continues. "The harm that this administration is causing to both these courageous Americans and our national security must be stopped".

The ACLU has filed a separate suit in the United Stated District Court for the District of Maryland by the ACLU on behalf of transgender service members, including Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone and others.

Petty Officer First Class Gilbert has served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years, including a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, and now serves as an Information Technology specialist. Stone has received numerous commendations for his service.

-Josh Block, ACLUTrump's order, signed last Friday, would also bar "the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals now serving in the military", CNN reported.

The recruitment ban was justified on grounds of cost and the memo halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgery for active personnel.

In the lawsuit, the ACLU argues that the ban violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatment. "Even if some transgender service members are granted continuation of service despite the ban, they will serve under standards that apply only to them, in a system in which there is a presumption that they are unfit for duty, and with no assurance that their permission to remain will endure", said a statement by five allies of the Palm Center.

The service members in the earlier case, who are suing anonymously, say they disclosed their gender orientation relying on the existing policy that permits them to serve openly.

Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 5 Things You Need to Know
Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 5 Things You Need to Know

According to USA TODAY, a RAND study estimated that the total medical costs for all transgender troops amount to about one-tenth of 1 percent of the military's health care budget - about one-fifth of what the Pentagon spends on Viagra.

The complaint includes screenshots of Trump's surprise announcement of the ban on July 26.

- The ACLU also filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.

"Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief", the statement said.

The suit claims that the ban is unconstitutional and denies transgender people their rights.

Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project, said Monday that the filing of multiple lawsuits is a good thing because so many people nationwide are impacted by the policy change.

RAND estimated the number of transgender individuals now serving in the military to be between 1,320 and 6,630, out of 1.3 million total service members.

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