Biden Ends Trump’s Ban on Trans Troops
President Joe Biden signed an executive order today repealing former President Donald Trump’s ban preventing transgender Americans from serving in the military.
The order brings an end to one of Trump’s more unusual executive decisions, launched by a series of abrupt tweets in 2017 that left military leaders scrambling to comply. The order prompted lawsuits attempting to block implementation of the rule.
Under President Barack Obama, the military had begun allowing trans troops to serve openly. This created an environment where members of the military who were discovering they were trans could openly say so and transition without fear of being ejected. With the implementation of Trump’s orders—which the Supreme Court allowed in 2019—all those troops suddenly faced ejection.
The full order is here. It reverses Trump’s orders banning trans military members from serving, bars the military from discharging or refusing to reenlist servicemembers because of their gender identities, and essentially tells the military to adapt so trans troops can serve openly.
The Palm Center, a research institute known best for its analyses of public policy issues surrounding military service and LGBT citizens, put out a prepared
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