Donald Trump finally restores military ban on transgender people

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Donald Trump finally restores military ban on transgender people

US President Donald Trump has signed a memo reinstating a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was lifted under Barack Obama. The memo also halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgery for active personnel.

But Mr Trump left Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to decide whether to retain existing transgender recruits. The ban, justified on grounds of cost and disruption, faces a legal challenge by transgender rights activists.

“This policy is a shameful slap in the face to people who put their lives on the line everyday to defend our country…” said Jennifer Levi, an official at Glad (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), in a statement.

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