US President Donald Trump has confirmed that transgender Americans will not be allowed to serve openly in the US military.
Taking to Twitter today (July 26), Trump wrote: “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.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender (sp) in the military would entail. Thank you.”
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The move is an unsurprising one when considering Trump’s previous record on LGBT+ rights. Earlier this year he gutted a federal order protecting LGBT+ workers. He also failed to acknowledge LGBT+ Pride Month in June, an event that his predecessor Barack Obama marked during every year of his presidency.
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