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Trans ban guidance set to be released, reports say

Reports say that a guidance for banning trans military folks is in the works.
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After months of speculation, the White House is poised to brief the Pentagon on the protocol for banning trans military servicemembers and those who want to enlist reports The Wall Street Journal. 

They claim that a guidance is in the works, but that does not mean it will automatically become policy one released, rather it gives Defense Secretary James Mattis six months to come up with a definitive plan.  

The surprise Tweet posted by Trump late last month made clear that he thinks trans military personnel are a weight that the government should not have to bear. 

“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.”

This was a surprise to most of the Defense Department, Marine General Joseph Dunford of the Joint Chiefs of Staff seemed to blindly clarify that no changes would take effect until an official plan could be drafted.

But LGBT organizations are not taking Trump’s proclamation lightly. 

Shannon Minter, legal director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which together with GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a federal lawsuit challenging Trump’s attempt to reinstate a transgender military ban.

She says any such policy is an affront to America and its military heroes. 

“The President’s willingness to attack his own troops is unprecedented and poses a serious threat to our nation’s longstanding commitment to honor those who serve and to prioritize military readiness over politics," said Minter in a statement.

"This ban needlessly takes aim at our courageous transgender servicemembers. This is not who we want to become: a country so committed to baseless discrimination that we are willing to sacrifice even our national security.”

Here are the major bullet points The Wall Street Journal formulates for the proposal:

Here are the aspects of the proposed plan:

  • Transgender people will continue to be denied admittance to the military.
  • The military will stop spending on medical treatment regiments for transgender people who are currently serving.
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis will determine whether to let transgender military personnel who are already serving keep their jobs based on their “deployability” to a warzone.
  • Mattis has six months to implement the ban as directed.

Think Progress points out that Trump may be contradicting himself in words and actions. 

In Afghanistan, earlier this week he  stated:

“When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.”