The Implications of Trump's Latest Trans Military Ban
Broadly's Diana Tourjée breaks down the latest White House statement disqualifying trans members of the military on today's episode.
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Last year, the White House announced a blanket ban on transgender service members in the military. The policy was quickly found to be unconstitutional by multiple courts, but the Trump administration promised that it would return in six months. And last week, it did.
On March 23, the White House issued a memorandum reinstating the ban. Under the guidance of Defense Secretary General James Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump stated that "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria—individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery—are disqualified from military service."
Broadly's Diana Tourjée, who has been following the Trump administration's attack on the trans community, discusses the impact of the latest memo, and what could happen with the policy on this week's episode.
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