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Transgender military couple fears future after tweets from President Trump

Transgender military couple fears future after tweets from President Trump

There has been no change to the Pentagon's transgender policy, the top USA general wrote to senior military leaders Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would ban transgender people from military service.

But Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., called Trump's transgender ban "a divisive political move" and a "retreat in the march toward equality".

Trump's surprise tweets on Wednesday did not offer specifics as to when the ban would be implemented or how it would affect transgender people who are now serving in the military.

Some US media outlets have questioned the spending justification. "We will provide detailed guidance to the Department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented".

Russell, a retired Army officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Trump prevented the "implementation of a policy that does not enhance readiness, forces all Americans to spend taxes on unnecessary elective surgeries, and would force many military physicians, leaders, and counselors to violate rights of conscience protected under the 1st Amendment". Hundreds of troops have identified themselves as transgender in order to receive medical treatment, including about 150 sailors in the Navy, according to two USA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about medical issues.

Transgender servicemembers have only been allowed to serve openly for about a year, when then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban in June 2016.

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The fear foremost on her mind Wednesday, though, was over the prospect that Trump's ban could be a first step toward harsher measures aimed at transgender people, including military personnel and veterans.

How have people reacted to Mr Trump's announcement? "There should be no discrimination", Hatch told me today. "I would have lost my job if I had transitioned". "If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right". "Trans people are 'mentally ill.' We are 'predators.' We are the ethereal enemy of the moment", Manning wrote.

Trump's administration has also rescinded protections for trans students in public schools, and this action will further alienate a community he said he would help.

"We're still service members fighting for the same liberties and freedoms that allow you to go on to Twitter and say what you want to say", Laila said. "Thank you", Trump said in a series of tweets, which came exactly 69 years after President Harry S. Truman's executive order desegregating the US military. "The fitness standards are designed around biological characteristics of male and female, because they're created with the idea of how well an individual handles their body weight, which is the essence of military fitness", Hasson said.

"I decided I needed to live authentically, so it got toward the end of the year and I took six weeks off, came back physically as Sheri, and was immediately fired for my efforts", Swokowski said.