Biden Lifts Ban on Transgenders in the Military
Jan 25, 2021
President Biden signed an executive order on Monday reversing the Trump administration’s ban that had prohibited gender-transitioning by servicemembers while in the military, and barred acceptance of recruits with a current diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Trump first announced the policy regarding gender transition in 2017. In January of 2019, the Supreme Court upheld the policy, but in the next month, the Defense Department announced a new policy allowing for people identifying as transgender to serve in the military, under certain exceptions.
Biden’s order prohibits certain military actions taken against servicemembers because of gender-transitioning, such as “involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service.” The new order allows troops to “serve in their gender when transition is complete.
Biden said that he was “enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform, and essentially restoring the situation as it existed before, with transgender personnel, if qualified in every other way, can serve (sic) their government in the United States military.”
Biden executive order reverses Trump, reopens military to transgender soldiers