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Pentagon removes transgender military ban

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The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday that they were revising their policies on transgender servicemembers to their original 2016 policy.

The Trump Administration proposed the ban on transgender servicemembers in 2017 with it going into force in 2019, despite opposition from both civilian activists and members of the military. The Biden Administration repealed the ban in the first week of the administration and ordered the Department of Defense to revoke the policy. That revocation became official today. The now new policy will go into effect on April 30.

From the DoD announcement:

The revised policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or an individual’s identification as transgender, provide a means by which to access into the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met, provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender, and seeks to protect the privacy of all Service members and to treat all Service members with dignity and respect.

The DoD will also cover transition related health care for trans servicemembers.

The Williams Institute estimates that there are 15,500 active military members who are transgender and 134,000 transgender veterans.

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