White House Announces New Ban on Transgender Troops
On Friday, President Trump announced a decision to ban most transgender individuals from serving in the military. This order follows an earlier attempt by the administration to ban trans individuals from serving last year; a decision that was ultimately blocked by federal courts. The courts allowed the Obama-era program allowing transgender individuals to serve openly to continue. However, in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis advised the President on issues regarding transgender troops and advocated for another ban. The current decision allows for some individuals to stay under “limited circumstances” but civil rights groups are vowing to fight it in courts.
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