Vets, LGBT advocates slam Trump’s ban on transgender troops
By Brian Seay
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” the president wrote on Twitter. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP)
Veterans and LGBTQ advocates are slamming President Trump’s surprising twitter announcement to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.
In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said he determined, after consulting with “Generals and military experts,” that the “United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.”
Most critics addressed Trumps reasoning, which he cited as “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” by pointing out how little the U.S. has spent on medical care for transgender troops when compared to other medical treatment.
Estimated annual costs for transition-related medical care total $5.6 million, according to independent think tank the Palm Center, but other estimated pin it closer to $8 million. Many pointed to the comparison reported by The Military Times finding the military spending more than 10 times as much on erectile dysfunction medication for active duty servicemen and veterans.
An effort by Trump would reverse last year’s decision by the Pentagon to end the ban on