Pentagon transgender rule goes into effect

  • Pentagon transgender rule goes into effect

Pentagon transgender rule goes into effect

The Pentagon's new policy that places limits on the military service of transgender individuals goes into effect on Friday, almost two years after President Donald Trump tweeted that he wanted to ban transgender individuals from serving in the US military.

Under the new policy, a service member can be discharged based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria if he or she is "unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards, including the standards associated with his or her biological sex, or seeks transition to another gender".

"The Trump-Pence transgender troop ban is unsafe for both transgender people and our national security", McBride said in a statement.

Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria, defined as "a marked incongruence between one's experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender. associated with clinically significant distress and impairment of functioning", will no longer be allowed medical surgeries for gender transition unless they are now in the process of receiving medical treatment. A federal judge lifted the final injunction last month, but there are still multiple suits still pending that argue the Pentagon's change is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Navy will allow sailors to dress as "their preferred gender" when they aren't on duty, allowing them to "live socially" when not in uniform.

The Pentagon's controversial policy for transgender service members goes into effect Friday.

"If you're going to take away the trans people from serving, ok, are you going to take their place?" said Perry.

Meanwhile, Blake Dremann, president of SPART*A, an advocacy group for actively serving transgender military members, told CBSN that the policy effectively creates two classes of transgender people serving in the military, and forces those who have not been diagnosed to "choose between serving their country and keeping their jobs and seeking the medically-necessary care for gender dysphoria". He said the military will lose skilled, highly qualified individuals from service due to their gender identity and that the new policy could "encourage bias and discrimination". "The DOD regulation also instructs service secretaries to add gender-dysphoria to service-specific lists of 'administratively disqualifying conditions" that DoD regulations label 'congenital or developmental defects'. "There is a global medical consensus about the efficacy of transgender health care, including treatment for gender dysphoria". "The only thing deficient is any medical science behind this decision". She plans to retire from the military next year after serving 20 years.

"You're trying to figure yourself out, and once you do figure yourself out you're told that's not you", she said.

An estimated 14,700 troops identify as transgender.

Transgender troops say the regulation mirrors the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibited gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces before Congress repealed it in 2010.

Defense officials were asked by reporters last month for the data that shows transgender individuals have a negative effect on military readiness and unit cohesion, but officials conceded that it doesn't exist because the Pentagon doesn't track transgender service members.