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A growing problem for Trump & his #transgender #military ban — Facts! https://t.co/tIPytbumv1

A growing problem for Trump & his #transgender #military ban — Facts! https://t.co/tIPytbumv1

A half-dozen former United States surgeons general have rebutted a flawed Pentagon report released in March that served as the intellectual and scientific basis for Mr. Trump’s policy. Their statement said that, in light of the new policy, they felt a need to “underscore that transgender troops are as medically fit as their non-transgender peers and that there is no medically valid reason, including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, to exclude them from military service or to limit their access to medically necessary care.” The new policy, which panders to right-wing zealots like Vice President Mike Pence and to regressive generals, overturned President Barack Obama’s 2016 decision to protect gender identity in the Pentagon’s equal opportunity policy. Mr. Trump issued the new policy after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis advised him there were “substantial risks” about personne...

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/opinion/military-trans...

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