Biden to reverse transgender military ban imminently - White House 

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President Biden is expected to soon overturn the Trump administration’s controversial ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the reversal will be among additional executive actions that Biden will be taking in the “coming days and weeks,” according to NBC News. 

While Biden previously indicated that lifting the ban on transgender military service would be a day-one priority, the reversal was not among the more than a dozen executive actions planned for Wednesday. Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Biden’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, is still being confirmed for the role, yet it’s unknown if that’s why the president decided not to overturn the ban on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Austin voiced his support for overturning the transgender ban. 

“I truly believe, senator, as I said in my opening statement, that if you are fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve,” Austin said during his Senate confirmation hearing. 

In 2017, former President Trump announced the ban via Twitter, saying that American forces could not afford the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” of transgender service members. The Obama administration had previously lifted such a ban on transgender military service in 2016. 

The move by the Trump administration prohibited transgender individuals from enlisting and serving openly while having access to gender-affirming medical care. Those serving in the military before the ban went into effect who already received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria were able to continue to serve in their preferred gender, get hormone treatments and undergo gender-affirming surgery. 



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Biden to reverse transgender military ban imminently - White House 

2020/12/1608294018.jpg
Read: 353     11:57     21 January 2021    

President Biden is expected to soon overturn the Trump administration’s controversial ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the reversal will be among additional executive actions that Biden will be taking in the “coming days and weeks,” according to NBC News. 

While Biden previously indicated that lifting the ban on transgender military service would be a day-one priority, the reversal was not among the more than a dozen executive actions planned for Wednesday. Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Biden’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, is still being confirmed for the role, yet it’s unknown if that’s why the president decided not to overturn the ban on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Austin voiced his support for overturning the transgender ban. 

“I truly believe, senator, as I said in my opening statement, that if you are fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve,” Austin said during his Senate confirmation hearing. 

In 2017, former President Trump announced the ban via Twitter, saying that American forces could not afford the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” of transgender service members. The Obama administration had previously lifted such a ban on transgender military service in 2016. 

The move by the Trump administration prohibited transgender individuals from enlisting and serving openly while having access to gender-affirming medical care. Those serving in the military before the ban went into effect who already received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria were able to continue to serve in their preferred gender, get hormone treatments and undergo gender-affirming surgery. 



Tags: #US