Trump’s trans troops ban can go into effect, is ‘already wreaking havoc’

People protesting the trans military ban in NYC

The final barrier between trans troops being banned form serving in the US military was lifted earlier this week (26 March).

A federal appeals court struck down the last attempt to block the ban from going into effect, Bloomberg reported. 

As the DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from the Trump administration to lift an injunction.

With the courts clearing the way for it, Trump’s ban will be implemented as soon as 12 April.

Why was the injunction? 

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly initiated the last injunction.

But a three-judge panel in the Washington appeals court snuffed it, removing any hurdles for the ban to go through.

This followed January’s earlier win for Trump, when the high court ruled in his favor.

Legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Shannon Minter lamented the news in an email statement.

She wrote: ‘The government’s plan is already wreaking havoc in the lives of dedicated transgender troops.

‘Who must now face the grim choice of suppressing their identity or leaving the military service.’

Previous attempts have failed

High courts previously lifted two other injunctions on the ban in January.

Culminating with a third judge doing the same.

But Judge Kollar-Kotelly declined to lift the ban she imposed. That was, until the US Supreme Court struck down her fourth injunction.

This was appealed, but the courts did not rule in the LGBTI troops’ favor.

Tracking the trans ban

Trump and his administration’s attempts to impose the ban have been bumpy, to say the least. But the last push he needed was this week’s news.

When the ban was first instituted  in 2017, Trump received vast backlash.

A month after that, he issued a memorandum declaring the end of trans service at the start of 2018.

But by the end of the year, a lower US court ruled against the policy and a judge said trans troops must be allowed to join.

Trump issued a new policy in March 2018, a more watered-down version of his initial expansive plan.

His efforts to reverse the Obama’s administration’s pro-trans policies was subject to four court challenges.

However, last week the US Supreme court struck down all four injunctions. Lifting blocks on the ban.

The Pentagon have since released a video attempted to decry opposition by showing the ban… is not a ban.

See also

This new TV ad demands Donald Trump drop his trans military ban

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Author: Josh Milton

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US Pentagon release Q&A about how Trump’s trans troops ban… is not a ban

Thomas Crosson, Deputy director of Defence public affairs operations, in an accompanying video

The Department of Defence dropped a five-point Q&A yesterday (13 March) clarifying their trans troops ban is… not a ban.

In a listicle of ‘five things you should know about the new DOD policy,’ the DOD outlined the transphobic policy change, complete with a Pride flag as the cover image.

Trump’s administration has until 12 April to enforce the ban.

What are the five points?

The five points are:

1 The policy does not ‘ban’ trans individuals.

2 ‘Some’ trans folk may continue to serve, as long as the haven’t already undergone gender-confirmation surgery.

3 Based on ‘consultations,’ they concluded gender dysphoria ‘could adversely impact unit readiness and combat effectiveness.’

4  The ‘significant distress’ caused by being trans.

5 How all trans people cannot serve until ‘their transition is complete.’

The points examined

Beginning with the DOD’s own definition of trans identities, it goes onto state emphatically: ‘The new DOD policy doesn’t ban transgender individuals from service.’

But all soldiers must ‘meet all military standards, including the standards associated with their biological sex.’

The apparent loophole the DOD attempts is how a trans individual who has not had gender-confirmation surgery and identities as trans can still enlist.

However, said individual must serve in their ‘biological sex.’

‘Transgender service members may continue to serve’

It goes onto say how trans service members will ‘continue to serve’ according to their ‘preferred gender.’

Though, this does mildly contradict a leaked memo that revealed the US military will discharge trans service members ‘unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards.’

‘Including the standards associated with his or her biological sex, or seeks transition to another gender.’

‘The new policy is focused on enhancing readiness,’ it goes onto say, ‘and comes after consultation with military and medical experts.

‘To maintain a military force that is worldwide deployable and combat effective, the military must set high standards.’

The points purport that trans individuals would ‘could adversely impact unit readiness and combat effectiveness.’

No more ‘special accommodations’

When outlining ‘gender dysphoria,’ the DOD claim the ‘clinically significant distress’ it causes is grounds for the ban.

While its final point concerns the ‘special accommodations’ eliminated by the DOD’s policy change.

The difference? ‘Individuals who have undergone either hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery for gender dysphoria will no longer be able to join the military without a waiver.’

Moreover, trans folk ‘must adhere to the standards associated with their biological sex unless they are diagnosed with gender dysphoria and undergo gender transition.’

Finally, the point ends: ‘These sex-based standards – such as physical fitness and body fat standards – are based on male and female physiology, not gender identity.’

Tracking the trans troops ban 

While Trump first instituted the ban in 2017, he received widespread backlash to his decision.

A month after that, he issued a memorandum declaring the end of trans service at the start of 2018.

But by the end of the year, a lower US court ruled against the policy and a judge said trans troops must be allowed to join.

Trump issued a new policy in March 2018, a more watered-down version of his initial expansive plan.

His efforts to reverse the Obama’s administration’s pro-trans policies was subject to four court challenges.

However, last week the US Supreme court struck down all four injunctions. Lifting blocks on the ban.

See also

This gay military pilot from Venezuela was forced to become a sex worker

Trans military ban ‘a mistake’, says retired US army general

US Supreme Court votes to allow trans military ban to go ahead

Author: Josh Milton

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