Transgender Policy – Pentagon Will Move Forward After Legal Injunction Removed
Yesterday was a good day for Donald Trump – the DC appeals court removed the final hurdle to the Pentagon’s new Transgender Policy. It means that there will be new limits on transgenders serving in the US Military.
The US Court of Appeals in Washington DC removed the last of four injunctions against the transgender policy on Tuesday. The Pentagon plans to implement that policy beginning on April 12.
Military Times reported:
The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, and it comes after a lengthy and complicated legal battle. It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who need hormone treatments or surgery and can’t or won’t serve in their birth gender…
Under the new rules, currently serving transgender troops and anyone who has signed an enlistment contract by April 12 may continue with plans for hormone treatments and gender transition if they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
But after April 12, no one with gender dysphoria who is taking hormones or has transitioned to another gender will be allowed to enlist. And any currently serving troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria after April 12 will have to serve in their birth gender and will be barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.
The policy should save the military millions of dollars in medical costs.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit have until Friday to get a rehearing, but according to Military Times, that hearing would be of no significance since the last injunction has been lifted. The policy affects approximately 9,000 service members.