Trump’s Transgender Military Ban


Foreign and Commonwealth Office

In a Senate vote on January 22, President Donald J. Trump’s proposition to ban transgender individuals in the military was approved.

On July 26, 2017, Trump tweeted, “…please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. …”

The military has said it’s not so much a ban, but simply some restrictions on members of the transgender community.

“Just assuming that he’s doing it because they’re trans, I think that’s completely wrong and I don’t think anybody who’s transgender is any less capable of serving our country than anyone who isn’t, and I think people who want to serve or are volunteering to serve, they really want to do things for our country and I think they should be allowed to,” said freshman and member of the LGBTQ+ community Yuna Young.

Trump listed two reasons for banning transgender people from serving in the military as the first one being, “Tremendous cost,” and the other being, “Disruption.”

With this new ban for the military, transgender individuals currently deployed on military duty will have to leave their jobs.

As for the future ones, the US military will no longer accept transgender people as they will not be allowed to serve unless they serve “in their biological sex” and do not seek to undergo a gender transition.

“I believe it’s not really fair because if that’s how they feel, if they’re not comfortable in their own body that they feel, ‘I was born as a woman, I was born as a man,’ if they have transitioned to a man, they should be seen as a man. Do they look like a woman to you still? They are a man. So, if they want to join the military as a man, let them join as a man,” said freshman and LGBTQ+ community Gyani Hayes.

The new policy will prohibit medical treatments for trans-related health issues, the only exception being the health of the troops who have already begun treatments.

A student not a part of the LGBTQ+ community would like to share their view on this subject without being acknowledged, here is their opinion, “I’m torn on the topic because, looking from a business point of view, it makes sense because the government doesn’t want to pay for the hormone and the surgery and other medical expenses. Kind of the same reason they would be hesitant to let anyone with a lot of health issues serve. But it’s not fair from an ethical point of view. It’s because anyone should have the right to put their country and anyone that they love that lives in it and that something as simple as being born in the wrong body shouldn’t stop them from doing that.”