On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Military “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity,” citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender[s] in the military would entail.” The decision reverses the “pro-transgender” policy implemented by President Obama in his final year in office.
“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,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
The announcement signals the end of the Obama administration’s new policy implemented on July 1, 2016, which reversed the longstanding policy of excluding for psychological and medical reasons those who suffer from gender dysphoria, the desire to be of the opposite sex.