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Saturday, 12 August 2017 21:00

“Transgender” Soldiers Sue President Over Ban

Written by  Dave Bohon

Five U.S. military personnel who self-identify as “transgender” have filed a lawsuit against President Trump over his ban of transgenders serving in the armed forces.

On July 26 Trump announced via a Twitter post that following “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.” He explained that the military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”

The five active duty personnel involved in the suit include three from the Army, one from the Air Force, and one Coast Guardsman. Reuters reported that all five “have come out as transgender to their commanding officers but are anonymous in the lawsuit, named only as Jane Doe, for fear of retribution, said Jennifer Levi, a lawyer from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders. The group filed the lawsuit along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights.”

The “Jane Doe” label is an indication that all five individuals are biologically male, but identify as female.

In addition to President Trump, the suit names Defense Secretary James Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, and other military leaders as defendants.

Read more at TheNewAmerican

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