President Donald Trump made a controversial statement in July, informing the nation that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the military. His statement acknowledged that certain risks and medical costs accompanying gender transitions are too much of a burden for our country.
Since the announcement, members from both sides of the political spectrum weighed in with their thoughts. While the majority of Democrats were outraged with Trump’s sudden decision, many Republicans were pleased with his bold move that upholds conservative Christian values.
Trump officially signed a memo preventing transgenders from serving, roughly one month later on August 25th, which will take effect no later than next year. Congress responded to Trump’s transgender military ban by sending a letter to the president, asking for Trump to reconsider his decision.
The letter began, “Mr. President, We urge you to reconsider your ban on transgender individuals serving our country’s military. There is no place for discrimination in our Armed Forces or indeed anywhere else in American society.”
The letter claimed Trump’s decision would provoke actions that are “contrary to the values upon which our nation was built” and there is “no proof” of Trump’s claims of high costs. However, Trump’s entire presidential campaign and executive orders revolve around maintaining America’s core values.
Recently, a military vet came to Trump’s defense, explaining that this decision is not discriminatory or unfair because Trump’s reasoning is justified. Costs have drastically increased due to transgenders serving; sex change operations and hormone replacement therapy is completely funded by the military. Additionally, the vet pointed out that gender dysphoria is technically considered a psychological disorder, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Any type of psychological disorder bans someone from military service, so why is gender dysphoria an exception?
ABC News reported that more than 140 House members signed the letter in agreement. Trump has not yet responded to this letter from congress. If the president issues a response, this article will be updated accordingly.
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In related news, the U.S. military recently sent transgender service members to promote LGBT rights at a music awards ceremony. Read the details here.