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Defense Secretary defies Trump to allow trans troops to continue serving

Defense Secretary defies Trump to allow trans troops to continue serving

Americans protesting the trans ban in New York

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is defying Trump to allow trans troops to continue serving.

He will instead wait for a ‘study’ to be completed by experts.

President Trump first announced in a tweet trans service members will no longer be allowed in the US military.

This was later announced, formally, by the Pentagon.

The ACLU, Human Rights Campaign and others have filed a lawsuit as they believe the order is discriminatory and against the constitution.

Mattis’ announcement is just another delay to the transphobic plot.

‘Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction,’ Mattis said in the statement.

James Mattis
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‘In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place.’

The US military is the largest employer of trans people in the country.

‘This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country,’ Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said.

‘Thousands of current service members are transgender, and many have been serving openly, courageously and successfully in the US military for more than a year—not to mention the previous decades when many were forced to serve in silence.’

Trans Soldier Sterling James Crutcher's post has gone viral
Trans Soldier Sterling James Crutcher’s post has gone viral

Trans soldier: ‘I love serving my country.’

Staff Sergeant Schmid said: ‘I love serving my country, which I’ve been doing for more than 12 years.

‘Since the ban on open service by transgender men and women was lifted, I’ve been able to live and serve as my authentic self, which has allowed me to form stronger bonds with my fellow service members.’

It is estimated it would cost $960 million to implement the ban on trans soldiers.

If the US military were to keep them, it would cost for medical costs from $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year.

Researchers have previously found found that paying for transgender health care needs and their effect on readiness would be negligible.