FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Following up on a proposal made last summer, the White House issued a memorandum late Friday that will ban most transgender people from joining the military.
“What we’re seeing is a case of the White House trying to dial back the progress we’ve made over the last several years,” Justine Turnage, a board member for the Transgender Equality Network said.
The memo states “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 except under certain limited circumstances.”
“Not only is this demonstrating how the current administration is currently working against us, but it shows they are willing to do their homework to do it,” Turnage said.
Arkansas State Rep. Charlie Collins, a veteran, says this ban is necessary.
“The military is about protecting the United States of America, so there are many specifics to being able to deploy and operate, especially in what we would call a combat type of environment,” Collins said. “If there are individuals who are transgender and they can demonstrate how these factors won’t be a problem, they will have an opportunity to continue serving in the military or to begin serving in the military.”
The proposed ban will not go into effect immediately because of several ongoing lawsuits.
Troops who started serving under the Obama Administration’s policy will not be affected.