With just three tweets, Trump declared an all-out assault on the thousands of fearless transgender troops already serving our country with valor, and those who wish to serve.
In response, an LGBT rights group has already promised to sue the president.
For the time being the policy would allow transgender personnel to continue their service for the time being but would offer no protections when it comes to contract renewal or other potential times that they could be let go.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the tweets read, in sequence, "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, 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".
All five say that since coming out as transgender, they continued to serve without incident.
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Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing against the president's plan to bar transgender people from serving in the us military amid claims taking such action could come with a hefty price tag.
After a lengthy internal review, the Defense Department lifted the longstanding ban past year and allowed transgender people to serve openly in all branches of the military, and to seek hormone treatment and other procedures at military hospitals. The move to purge transgender military personnel is dishonorable to the thousands of transgender men and women who are serving our country with courage and who are integral parts of our armed services. The $8.4 million figure is the upper-bound estimate calculated by the RAND Corporation for providing health care to transgender troops each year. "I was very relieved and came out as transgender to my commanding officers, who were supportive".
Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD's transgender rights project, said in a statement the service of each of these transgender troops is valuable and the nation would be hurt by removing them.
The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request from BuzzFeed News to comment on the complaint's allegations or whether a specific policy was in the works. "We can't afford to lose a single one of them".
Approved by Trump, the new policy is expected to be now delivered into the hands of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (above), who has been quiet on the issue with approximately 15,000 trans service members under his command.
OutServe-SLDN, an LGBT legal services and watchdog organization, has announced they will be filing a lawsuit along Lambda Legal to challenge the upcoming policy.