Trump bans transgenders in the military

Today, President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Twitter. This policy will affect thousands of transgender troops in the military. Some local residents are speaking out about Trump’s decision.
It’s a series of tweets shaking the LGBTQ community. President Donald Trump stating that the United States Government will not allow or accept transgender people to serve in the military. His argument: “the military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”
This comes after former President Barack Obama who just one year ago lifted the ban on transgender military service. Not only did this cause some controversy in Washington, but also here on the Coast. Kiln resident Paul Gebeline said, “I think transgender people can fight just as well as anybody else. I don’t see why they should be denied service just because they were born in the wrong body, you know?”
Even among Trump supporters. Gulfport resident Taffa Allen said, “I don’t think anybody should be banned from the military depending on their sex, religion, or anything. They just need to get over that part. I love Trump, but that part right there doesn’t bother me at all.”
However, viewers on our News 25 Facebook page agree with Trump’s announcement. Some saying it’s common sense to keep them out of the military.
One transgender woman who is also an Air Force veteran is now worried for active transgendered military people getting kicked out of the military. Molly Kester with Mississippi Rainbow Center said, “It gives people kind of a reason to discriminate against people. If they’re not worthy of serving in our military then why would they be worthy of someone accepting them for who they are. It’s got a bigger range of an issue than just being not serving in the military because you technically can’t ban us from serving in the military because most of us serve without anybody even knowing we’re transgender. I did 20 years in the military before coming out.”
The Pentagon and White House have not released any information on how or when they would begin implementing the new ban. For now, it’s just a tweet from the Commander in Chief.

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