Americans support military service of transgender people Trump wants banned from army

This ban would affect the policy laid down by President Obama whose administration had declared that transgenders could serve openly in the military. A new poll by Reuters/Ipsos shows that 58 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that, "Transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military". 27% said they shouldn't, and as Reuters reported, the remainder of respondents answered "don't know".

"I have served with transgender service members and have seen first-hand how allowing them to serve openly has positively impacted their ability to contribute to the mission", said Shawn Kumagai, Secretary of Lambda Democratic Club and a serving member of the United States Navy Reserve.

The new decision would reverse a policy initially approved by the Obama Administration to allow transgender people to serve in the military.

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Amidst widespread speculation about the President's motivations for such an abrupt shift, those most shaken by the announcement were transgender service members themselves, whose futures are now at risk.

Trump claims he did this because, "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". "Thank you", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Yesterday, President Trump insulted our nation and the thousands who are and want to honorably participate in military service by declaring that he will ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to resist President Trump in his plan to bar transgender people from the USA armed forces. Numerous Democrats panned the move, while a number of Republicans also voiced criticism. Trump made a surprise announcement barring transgender service-members from serving in "any capacity" Wednesday in a series of tweets.

"There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity", McCain said Wednesday after the announcement.

"So, to the transgender individuals now serving in the armed forces: thank you". Republican Senators Thom Tillis (NC), Richard Shelby (AL), and Orrin Hatch (UT) were among others who also expressed discontent.

Some studies report that transgender individuals experience psychological distress at rates many times the US national average.

"Lots and lots of money has gone into training them to be exceptionally good at this stuff they have volunteered and want to do, but yet here we are rounding them all up and saying nope". The stakes are too high to experiment with our national defense or to inadvertently cause harm to those wishing to serve.

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"We will await formal direction and ... once we get that we would provide implementing guidance and implement accordingly".

"We are now in the process of waiting for that to be formally articulated to us in a policy memo and we'll be standing by to make that happen, until then (we) don't have anything on it", Davis added.

  • Jon Douglas