The US Naval Academy will stop accepting admissions from trans students from in 2020.
Before now, the US Naval Academy accepted trans students and retained midshipmen who began transitioning while studying at the academy.
The Defense Department confirmed the move by the academy earlier this week. The academy’s ban on accepting trans students will start from the 2020-2021 school year.
This comes after a ban on trans service members proposed by US President Donald Trump went into effect earlier this month.
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has also said it will implement the ban on trans service members, according to the Daily Beast. The U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy have yet to announce whether they will enforce to the ban.
A 2016 Rand Corporation survey found an estimated 10,000 trans individuals currently serving in the US military.
President Obama lifted restrictions on trans service people in 2016, which allowed trans people to openly serve in the US military and covered gender affirmation surgery.
However, Trump announced the ban in July 2017 in a tweet which incorrectly claimed that allowing trans troops to serve came with ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption’.
Trump later went on to push for a watered-down version which only bans openly trans people and those undergoing gender affirmation treatment.
The announcement of the ban was met with scathing condemnation from equal rights supporters. Numerous politicians and former military personnel have also expressed alarm at the move.
Six service members are currently suing the US government over the ban. This includes a current student at the US Naval Academy, Midshipman Regan Kibby.
Earlier this week it was also reported that trans student, Map Pesqueira, had lost a national three-year Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship following the implementation of the ban. Pesqueira has since turned to crowdfund to help finance his studies.
Author: Calum Stuart
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