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President Donald Trump announced a military ban for Transgender individuals on July 26. The question is whether these people will be subjected to the misery of lying and concealment. or whether they will be allowed to serve their country while being honest about who they are.

In a lengthy Instagram post, trans actor Laverne Cox wrote about her personal experience meeting transgender members of the armed forced. Republicans were more evenly split, with 32 percent in favor and nearly 20 percent less decisive (49 percent were opposed).

Despite Trump's claim of high medical costs and disruption, Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in Congress on Tuesday that the inclusion of transgender individuals in the military causes no disruption or cost.

"I totally support the president in his decision", Perry is quoted as saying by The Texas Tribune.

Number crunchers were quick to calculate that the now serving transgender personnel cost the military health services between $2.4 million and $8.4 million (U.S.) a year.

If you've been (magically) detached from the internet this week, you may have missed the POTUS tweets that shocked the hell out of us and our military: On Wednesday, Trump said in three tweets that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the USA military in any capacity. On Wednesday, the White House announced that Trump is planning to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to fill that position. And just 29 to 129 active-duty personnel would seek gender transition-related services - out of 1.3 million members.

They come a little more than a year after the Defense Department's announcement last summer that openly transgender individuals would be allowed to serve in the armed forces.

Bipartisan condemnation of the decision was wide-ranging following the president's announcement.

President Trump made his announcement via Twitter last week, catching many people by surprise, including - it seems - military leaders who said that the country's policy would not be changed by the President's Tweet. Discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America. "We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are".

The letter was signed by attorneys general from Hawaii, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. But it's also reflective of the response anti-queer and anti-transgender legislation typically garners.

During his election campaign, Trump occasionally presented himself as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, promising to be a "real friend" of their community. But polling indicates those efforts aren't very popular either.

Some studies report that transgender individuals experience psychological distress at rates many times the USA national average.



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