There are three huge things going on right now with Trump’s stupid ban on transgender military service: 1) It has been halted because of Trump escalating nuclear threats with North Korea, 2) a study recently revealed that instating the ban will cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars and 3) five trans military members and two additional LGBTQ groups are suing Trump over the ban.
1) Possible nuclear war with North Korea has halted the ban
A White House source recently told The Washington Blade that Trump’s official guidance on banning trans military members (a guidance known as “A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out”) was expected to arrive on Defense Secretary James Mattis’ desk sometime around Aug. 7, 2017.
However, after Trump started trading nuclear threats with North Korea over Twitter — sweet god, is this the world we actually live in right now? — Mattis “sent a message to major U.S. commands telling them that all other issues ‘were to be temporarily sidelined’” amid the rising threat of war. The message reportedly said, “Anything that affects military strength and readiness, specifically troop numbers, will be put on hold.”
2) Trump’s trans military ban will cost nearly $1 billion, says a new study
A new report from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Palm Center — an organization that studies LGBT military issues — said that Trump’s ban will cost $960 million to fully instate. The report figured that it costs $75,000 to recruit and train each of the 12,800 transgender people currently serving in the military, effectively flushing all that money down the toilet.
3) Five active trans military members are suing over the ban’s personal harms
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) have filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. opposing Trump’s ban. Their lawsuit represents five anonymous transgender plaintiffs: three army soldiers, one air force air-person and one member of the Coast Guard, all on active duty.
The lawsuit challenges the ban over the potential loss of professions, livelihoods and post-military and retirement benefits faced by trans military servicemembers who would be kicked out should the ban ever go into effect.
Their lawsuit follows one filed last week by the LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal and the association for actively serving LGBT military personnel and veterans, OutServe-SLDN. The American Civil Liberties Union has promised to file a lawsuit as well.
Featured image by zabelin via iStock