Supreme Court Approves Trump Transgender Ban

The United States Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court approved the Trump administrations request to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. This new policy reverses the policy the Obama administration put in place in 2016 allowing transgender people to enlist and serve openly in the U.S. military. The new policy does not influence those transgender people currently serving in the military, only those that wish to enlist. In an interview with CNN, 20-year veteran, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King, reported that the ban “gives a false sense of credibility to the inaccurate notion that transgender people are somehow less or less capable than our peers. The problem is that this (ban) stops trans people from being able to bring their best self to work because they’re holding something back.” After the Supreme Courts action on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokesperson, released a statement to explain, “As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. (The Department of Defense’s) proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world. DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world.”