The Pentagon to Allow Transgender Men and Women to Enlist in Military Beginning January 1

Pentagon says it will allow transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite Trump’s opposition after a federal judge decline yesterday to put a deadline on hold. Transgender men and women have challenged Trump’s ban on trans servicemembers and have been largely successful in their fight. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in his ruling that the government would not be “irreparably injured” if the January 1 deadline remained in place as the lawsuit continues.

Sadly, the Justice Department took swift action and have challenged the ruling. “The government seeks a stay pending appeal of the portion of the injunction concerning accessions.
Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam continued: “Plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging military service requirements is premature for many reasons, including that the Defense Department is actively reviewing such service requirements, as the President ordered, and because none of the Plaintiffs have established that they will be impacted by current policies on military service.”
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