The announcement that Donald Trump will ban transgender people from the U.S. military has been condemned by many in society, but there is more to this than the bigotry the media and human rights groups are describing.
You cannot join the U.S. military if you have any one of a wide variety of medical issues. Transgender people have a life-changing operation and require further treatment with many risks presenting themselves later. The surgery is paid for by the individual, but the aftercare, hormone treatment and any surgeries or post-surgery complications are paid by the government – the tax payers –
These days, sex changes are routine operations. Recovery time has decreased dramatically and years of psychiatric evaluation take place before the surgery goes ahead but with every surgery, there is a risk.
Trump’s full statement on the bad reads as follows:
“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,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
There is currently no plan of action to enforce this new rule. The Williams Institute and the National Centre for Transgender Equality claims could be as many as 15,000 transgender people are currently serving, with 134,000 trans veterans.