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Supreme Court Revives Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

The Supreme Court has revived Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops.

On Tuesday (Jan. 22), the Supreme Court moved forward with Trump’s military ban on transgender troops despite LGBTQ activists calling the ban irrational and immoral. Trump announced the new policy via Twitter back in July 2017, and it was officially released in 2018 by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

The policy will block individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions; it also highlights that if an individual does not have that condition and would like to serve they would have to do so under the sex, they were birthed. The Pentagon released a statement following the SCOTUS’ decision to allow the ban, noting that the policy will not be a ban on all transgender persons in the military.

“As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. (The Department of Defenses) proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world. DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world,” Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokesperson, told CNN.

According to CNN, the majority of transgender people are now disqualified from joining the military service except service members who have been stable for 3 years in their biological sex prior to joining the military – which  means 36 months after completion of surgery and hormone treatments, service members diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” after joining the military can stay in the military if they don’t require a change of gender and remain deployable, service members who were diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” before the effective date of the policy can still serve and receive medical treatment, and transgender persons without a gender dysphoria diagnosis or history can serve in their birth sex. 

Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which the person identifies, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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