Transgender Military Ban

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Meera Rogers, Editor

On Nov. 23, President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to fast-track the trans military ban, which has faced challenges in the lower courts. The policy bans any transgender person from serving in the US military.

Under this new policy, unless you’re a trans person already in the military or have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, you wouldn’t be able to serve. The original ban was lifted in 2016 and allowed transgender people to serve without bias. However, Trump has tried to get the ban reinstated, which would force transgender people out of the military or back under the radar, without the proper documentation. If a transgender person wants to serve, they have to enlist under their gender they were assigned at birth.

By Trump asking the Supreme Court to take on the case, he’s asking them to bypass any lower courts that could (and have) block his request. It’s been a brewing fight on Capitol Hill about if it’s worth taxpayer money to pay for gender transition and hormone therapy. Trump has said that the military “cannot be burdened by the tremendous medical cost and disruption that transgenders in the military would cause”.

What our president doesn’t realize is that, yes, transgender service members might cost the taxpayers additional money, but is there really a price to put on letting the people who want to serve, serve? Trans people are people too, and they have a right to serve in the United States military just as much as any other United States citizen.