Donald Trump’s antipathy to the LGBTQ community has been well documented ever since his first days in office. Now, in a backwards decision unsupported by a significant segment of Pentagon leadership, Trump declared via Twitter on Wednesday that transgender service members are a “burden” and a “disruption” and so will no longer be welcome in the military. This jeopardizes the livelihoods and service of as many as 11,000 transgender troops serving in the military.
As reported by the Washington Post:
“President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, reversing an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly and drawing dismay and anger from advocates.”
From Trump’s Twitter account: “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 in the military would entail.”
Trump’s bigotry, and its lack of any scientific, economic, social, or statistical backing, was swiftly condemned by experts and members of both parties. Said Senator John McCain: “There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military — regardless of their gender identity.”