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By Michael Schroeder
Feb 05, 2018
In a memo issued on Friday, the Trump administration changed its guidelines for participating in the military service, with a specific focus on transgender men and women. Two current service members, a male-to-female transgender veteran and a female-to-male transgender service member, spoke out about the new rules.
The memo, signed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, declares that transgender people are barred from serving in the military. But the administration still plans to proceed with a review of regulations prohibiting transgender people in the military, as required by the 2013 repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"The memo makes clear that transgender people are barred from service in the military," Jessica Zeglin, a spokeswoman for OutServe, the nation's largest organization for LGBT military veterans, said in a statement. "This has serious implications for transgender people currently serving in the military who have served their country with distinction."
Zeglin said the administration has provided no rationale for the ban.
"Transgender people should not be discriminated against based on who they are or who they love. Military service is a privilege, not a right, and in order to maintain trust and confidence in the force, a person must uphold the values of honor, courage and commitment," Zeglin said in the statement. "We are deeply concerned that this administration is taking away the military service of transgender people and forcing them out, which will have a devastating effect on all who rely on the Department of Defense for access to health care, housing and veteran benefits."
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