White House Moves to Ban Most Transgender Troops Despite Americans’ Disapproval

On March 23, the White House and Pentagon announced a policy to ban certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

According to the memorandum from President Donald Trump, the restrictive policy states 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 except under certain limited circumstances.”

The move has been met with disdain and disapproval from LGBT advocacy groupsDemocratic lawmakers, and even Americans. When the President first broached the subject of banning transgender troops last year via a tweet, The Harris Poll conducted a nationwide survey which found that more than half of Americans (58%) disagree with Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving, including 4-in-10 current active duty service military personnel and 41% with past military service.

In voicing their disagreement then, most Americans (53%) did not believe the President’s stated reasoning of not being able to afford the “tremendous medical costs and disruption of transgender individuals” was valid. At the time, nearly three in five Americans (59%) believed President Trump announced the ban “mostly to distract from other policies and issues currently being discussed.”

Only 35% of Americans support the ban.