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Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the four existing preliminary injunctions issued last year against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban are moot because they were based on his memorandum from last August 25 and the earlier July 26 tweets announcing the ban, which the president’s […]

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | President Donald Trump’s July 26 tweet announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” — an approach amplified by an official August 25 memorandum — has encountered unanimous resistance from 10 federal judges who have had […]

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. In the Washington, DC, District Court, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a motion by the Justice Department in Doe v. Trump to stay her preliminary injunction that requires the Defense Department to allow transgender […]

Trump’s Ban on Military Trans Reassignment Surgery Blocked

Trump’s Ban on Military Trans Reassignment Surgery Blocked

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A second federal district judge has issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of President Donald Trump’s August 25 memorandum implementing his July 26 tweet that announced a ban on all military service by transgender individuals. The November 21 action by Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the Maryland District Court came just three […]

Unfit King Questions Trans Troops’ Fitness

BY ED SIKOV | After initially issuing a major military policy shift by tweet, Mad King Rump made it official the other day, albeit in a modified form. Transgender people will no longer be permitted to join the armed services, but those already serving may or may not be allowed to continue their service, to be […]

As POTUS, AG Scramble to Hold On, Our Community Proves an Inviting Target

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a dispiriting one-two punch on July 26, President Donald Trump announced, in a three-tweet spree, that the US military will no longer “accept or allow” open service by out transgender Americans, while hours later Attorney General Jeff Sessions — just under the wire — filed a friend of the court brief, […]

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

Prez Tweets Spark Alarm, Outrage, Pushback

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The very first reaction to President Donald Trump’s July 26 early morning announcement about transgender military service was alarm. In a three-part tweet, the president began with the phrase, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…….” It […]

Hagel “Open” to Reviewing Transgender Military Ban

Hagel “Open” to Reviewing Transgender Military Ban

BY RYAN HOWE | In comments May 11 to ABC News, the Pentagon’s chief signaled his openness to reviewing the longstanding ban on transgender military service members. “I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Martha Raddatz on “This Week.” The ban on service by transgender personnel, based on what the […]