Trans Military Ban Pushes Forward
On Tuesday, January 22nd the Supreme Court decided to lift multiple injunctions on President Trump’s order to restrict transexuals in the military. It has only been a few years since the original ban was phased out by the Obama administration in March 2016, where the army was set to open enlistment to transgender individuals on July 1, 2017. But once the Trump administration took office, the enlistment date was delayed, and the president advocated for a return to pre-Obama military regulations. The Trump administration's initial attempts to push their policy was met with legal resistance, which leads to the initial injunctions preventing them from moving forward. The administration’s current plan will disqualify "transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition." There are also exceptions which include people who began their transition or were diagnosed with gender dysphoria after June 2016. These exceptions will encompass 900 of the reported 8,980 transexual individuals actively serving in the military.