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Sebastian Gorka delivers masterful defense of Trump's military transgender ban

Sebastian Gorka delivers masterful defense of Trump's military transgender ban

Editor's note: Shannon Minter is the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Trump's ban, posted to Twitter Wednesday rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw now serving transgender soldiers into limbo. It may be that Americans believe that having transgenders in the ranks will be somewhat bad for morale but not so awful that it should trump a patriot's chance to fight for his or her country. Meanwhile, reports have pointed out that the USA military spends roughly $41.6 million each year on Viagra alone - approximately five times the amount it would reportedly spend on transition-related medical care for transgender service members.

The court held that because the Army had encouraged Watkins to stay in the service, despite knowing that he was gay, it would be unjust to permit the Army to discharge him for being gay just a few years before his retirement.

When asked about his views on the ban at a press briefing yesterday, Varadkar said: "On the transgender ban, it is not something I agree with".

President Trump on Wednesday announced in a series of tweets that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to "serve in any capacity" in the military.

With no sign of a plan for implementation of the newly announced ban, multiple questions have been raised concerning dishonorable discharge for those transgender individuals who are now serving and access to benefits accordingly. Thousands of transgender Americans serve in uniform today.

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"Our Country can not go backwards, we must continue the fight forward for equality for everyone". With a tweet, the President has cast their status into doubt.

Twitter is not policy, which takes time to change. The Department of Defense website still has a page showing its "Transgender Policy" which has been in place since June 30 of previous year.

The nation's top military officer says USA policy on transgender individuals serving in uniform has not - and will not - change until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives the president's policy direction and Mattis determines how to implement it. Around the world, 18 countries allow transgender troops to serve openly and none have reported experiencing ill effects or "disruption". Would the discharges be honorable or dishonorable? As a result, they wouldn't be able to access any veterans' benefits, including the VA health-care system or education credits.

Currently, 18 countries allow transgender troops without a strain on their military budgets. "The United States Armed Forces have always been associated with honor, dignity, and respect in the fight to advance equality and justice at home and overseas".

As expected, the LGBT community and civil rights group are not happy with president Trump's decision, saying transgender people do not cause drawbacks in the military when it comes to medical cost.

It remains to be seen whether the administration will decide to discharge all trans service members, as the Pentagon stated Thursday that it would wait for official White House policy before moving forward, leaving trans people currently serving in place for now.

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