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Biden Reverses Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

President Biden on Monday repealed former President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the US military – signing an executive order that “sets the policy that all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve,” according to a fact sheet circulated by new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin following a meeting with Biden.

Biden Reverses Trump's Transgender Military Ban

“President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” said the fact sheet. “Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force.”

Transgender troops and their taxpayer-funded medical and psychological treatment became a topic of controversy after President Trump tweeted in July 2017 that he wanted to ban them from the military. In January, 2019, the US Supreme Court ruled that a modified ban could take effect while lower court challenges to Trump’s ban continued.

Also known as gender dysphoria, transgenderism is recognized by the medical and mental health community. In a February 2019 article, USA Today noted that “the cost of treating troops with the diagnosis of gender dysphoria has totaled $7,943,906.75. That included 22,992 psychotherapy visits, 9,321 prescriptions for hormones and 161 surgical procedures,” adding “Surgeries performed included 103 breast reductions or mastectomies, 37 hysterectomies, 17 “male reproductive” procedures and four breast augmentations. Psychotherapy sessions cost nearly $5.8 million and surgery cost more than $2 million, according to the data.”

Biden’s executive order revokes Trump’s 2017 and 2018 orders banning transgender military service, and orders the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that all policies are in-line with his executive action.

“Simply put, transgender servicemembers will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity; transgender servicemembers can serve in their gender when transition is complete and the gender marker in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is changed and transgender servicemembers should know that they are accepted throughout the U.S. military,” reads the fact sheet.

Biden pledged during the presidential campaign he would lift Trump’s ban, referring to it as a “day one” priority. But it was not among the batch of executive orders Biden signed hours after his inauguration last Wednesday amid a delay in Austin’s confirmation. With Austin’s confirmed Friday, Biden was expected to act as soon as Monday.

The Obama administration, in which Biden was vice president, lifted the previous ban on transgender military service in 2016.

A RAND Corporation study commissioned by the Pentagon during the Obama administration found allowing open service would have “a minimal impact on readiness.” Additionally in 2018, the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marines Corps and Air Force said in congressional testimony they had seen no problems with discipline, morale or unit cohesion resulting from transgender troops serving openly in the military. –The Hill

In 2019, the Pentagon established and implemented a policy to fulfill Trump’s order barring most transgender people from serving in the military unless they can perform their duties as their biological sex. There were loopholes, however, such as a waiver one could seek to serve openly. According to the report, just one such waiver was granted. The policy also allowed those who had come out under the Obama administration to continue serving openly.

An estimated 14,700 service members on active duty or in the reserves identify as transgender, according to The Hill, while Pentagon data shows that around 1,500 troops since 2016 have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

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Frank

Great news for Jenny Jens, Tzatz titz and Iron Zion crotch face.

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HiaNd

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Kenny Jones ™

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ruca

Oh man that’s hideous.

Garga

Please don’t do that Kenny, she’s born with a bone and muscle genetic disorder. It’s very cruel to mock the disabled. They didn’t choose to be that way.

Anybody who wants to know more, here’s a link written by the same woman, Melissa:
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9987054/new-teacher-challenge

I really appreciate if you edit your comment and remove this poor woman’s pic, a TikTok challenge caused her enough suffering but it’s entirely up to you to do it or not.

HiaNd

I didn’t know that …. I have up-voted… and I already regret it that I did.

Garga

What’s the harm? Let them do it, encourage them to do more…

I’d say every million bucks spent for planting boobs on dudes is a million not spent to drop death and destruction on faraway lands.
Win-win!

FlorianGeyer

It certainly is a win win for those who combat the USA :)

Garga

To be honest, for me it will be lose-win.
Lose because I get distracted in the middle of combat and get killed.

Win because at least I’ll be happy when I get killed. ;)

FlorianGeyer

Sadly, I concur. :)

johnny rotten

The Jew decided to castrate Westerners as if they were lambs, well what else are they?

Jimmy Jim

GAS IS THE ANSWER!

HiaNd

army with no B..A L.L..S
and tits and mustache mixed up.
attack from behind always and bends over in defense.

Tommy Jensen

The lgbt team cheated and stole our election. This was unfair to us republicans muhaaahhhh. comment image

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