Trump Administration Insults All Working People with LGBTQ Actions

Awaiting formal White House guidance on transgenders: Pentagon

ABC2 spoke with a highly decorated member of the military, who now feels like she's in limbo.

Dunford says that for now, "we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect".

The sheer shocking content of Trump's transgender ban messages caused pundits to forget that the US military is governed by Congressionally approved policies, not by presidential tweets. Not letting volunteers serve because they are transgender is bad enough.

"There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance", Dunford said.

It remains to be seen whether the administration will decide to discharge all trans service members, as the Pentagon stated Thursday that it would wait for official White House policy before moving forward, leaving trans people currently serving in place for now.

The proposed language would prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals who are now serving and reaffirms that they can not be banned due to their gender identity. The transgender community already faces constant criticism and judgement, and now they are hit with yet another roadblock.

Mr. President, all your ban has done is set in our minds and the minds of all our supporters, why we will not be voting for your re-election in 2020, in fact, we might even decide to join the ranks of those trying to Impeach you, since you stabbed us in the back. There were also bills passed to prevent the military from shouldering the costs of hormone therapy and transition surgery of transgender individuals, Catholic Online detailed.

Announcing the decision on Twitter, Trump said the military would not "allow or accept" transgender service members, reversing a major last year's decision of his predecessor Barack Obama. Sanders emphasized Trump's belief that transgender service members "erode military readiness and unit cohesion". On Wednesday, the White House announced that Trump is planning to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to fill that position.

What's also deeply unsettling, to say the least, is that Trump tweeted this intended policy change only a few weeks after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave military chiefs a six-month extension, until December 1, to determine whether transgender service members would affect the military's "readiness and lethality".

Activists also point to USA taxpayers spending about $10 million annually on Trump's trips to his golf ranges, and the US military spending over over $80 million on erectile dysfunction medication. We daily sacrificed our time together, our comfort, and in a lot of ways our identity, for the defense of America - just as so many other military families do everyday. This is not about readiness or a strong military.

The Justice Department also tried to slap down the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - the federal agency that looks to stop workplace discrimination - stating that "the EEOC is not speaking for the United States". I firmly believe that serving in the military is not a choice the government should make, and we should allow anyone who wants to serve to do so as long as they can meet the physical requirements.


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