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October 9, 2017 │Natalie Bender

With 2,150 to 10,790 active-duty and reserve transgender American troops currently serving in U.S. military, President Trump’s announcement of a ban against transgenders drew an “almost immediate denunciation”(Tom Kertscher). Secretary of Defense and Director of Homeland Security are still deciding on how to address the situation, although they cannot do anything about what the public thinks about it.

The Transgender-Military Ban

Trump announced that the military has been directed “not to move forward with a plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces”(Jeremy Diamond). President Trump called this “doing the military a great favor,” which in fact, it was a “snap decision” by and for Trump himself (Fr. Mark Hodges). With this in mind, he called on Jim Mattis to “study how to implement the ban” (Aaron Blake). But this was presented to the public as “freezing” the ban, when in fact it was already frozen by Trump himself because of  “a need to delay implementation of the ban for six months”(Aaron Blake). This was a hard-and-fast decision on Trump’s part, which really shows how fungible this process has been.

Are the Director of Homeland Security and Secretary of Defense still deciding upon the ban?

The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, are unable to fully ban new transgender recruits but have the authority to decide whether currently serving transgenders can stay, “based on ‘military readiness’ ”(Alex Ward). So with that authority, the Director and Secretary can order somewhat of a ban on not-currently-serving troops.

What Is The LGBTQ Community Doing About It?

Some people think that Trump’s statement of “doing the military a great favor,” is a good thing; however, others argue the transgender ban is an attack on the entire LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ community as a whole is doing all but nothing. The communities are coming together to find a way to continue challenging the transgender ban.  Individuals of the non-LGBTQ community are doing plenty as well. Two lawsuits challenging the ban have been filed by multiple humanitarian groups against Trump. Claiming that “a ban against transgender people serving in the military is unconstitutional,” the humanitarian groups filed these lawsuits to try to freeze the ban.

Who Is Against The Ban?

We know Trump is unmoving against his opinion on the military transgender ban, but some think that discrimination against the military is unconstitutional, especially on the youth. “Many young people enlist as a “route to stability,’” says Shannon Minter (Susan Miller).

So when Trump is discriminating against the youth of transgender communities, he is discriminating against young adults who want a future. The LGTBQ communities are fighting against the ban, as are individuals and humanitarian groups who agree with transgenders. Fighting for the ban are people who support President Trump and people who do not agree with transgenders at all.

Transgenders are still being debated across the nation, across different workforces. Some states and cities agree that transgenders are allowed to use the same bathrooms as others, while people who do not agree with them, think they use separate bathrooms. Some think we will not see a solution for the transgender issue for years to come. In the meantime, we will get through the issue, all of the United States of America.

References

“Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Sounds Eerily like Past Arguments against Integration.”Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2017, www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-transgender-military-ban-20170830-story.html

Kennedy, Merrit. “2 Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Ban On Transgender Military Service.” NPR, NPR, 28 Aug. 2017, www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546731931/2-lawsuits-challenge-trumps-ban-on-transgender-military-service.

Ward, Alex. “Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops Is Now Official Policy.” Vox, Vox, 25 Aug. 2017, www.vox.com/world/2017/8/25/16196340/transgender-military-ban-trump-white-house-pentagon.

Blake, Aaron. “Analysis | Jim Mattis Didn’t Undermine President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban. Trump Already Had.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 30 Aug. 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/30/trumps-haphazard-transgender-military-ban/?utm_term=.ee32c7865b8b.

Diamond, Jeremy. “Trump Signs Directive Banning Transgender Military Recruits.” CNN, Cable News Network, 25 Aug. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/08/25/politics/trump-transgender-military/index.html.

Wires, News. “Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Sparks LGBT Outrage.” France 24, France 24, 27 July 2017, www.france24.com/en/20170727-us-lgbt-acivists-hit-back-trumps-transgender-military-ban.

writer, PolitiFact Wisconsin. “Offices.” Tom Kertscher | PolitiFact Wisconsin, www.politifact.com/wisconsin/staff/tom-kertscher/.

Miller, Susan. “ROTC Student Takes on Transgender Military Ban: ‘I Still Want to Fight for My Country’.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 5 Oct. 2017, www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/10/05/rotc-teen-challenges-transgender-military-ban/733117001/.

 

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