Her father opposed it, but Meghan McCain came out against the ban on transgender people serving in the military after hosting a segment on “The View.” The ban is expected to go into effect Friday.
It is indefensible that Trump's ban on Transgender troops is being implemented on Friday. This discriminatory policy will lead Transgender service members, patriots who have decided to serve their nation, to live in the shadows.
It's an unfair, un-American, and dangerous policy. https://t.co/Yh9WxE0w8n
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 10, 2019
GLADD published what it claims is a comprehensive overview of the policy.
Trump's ban on transgender service members will go into effect on April 12, 2019. Trump has been targeting trans people from the moment he took office. We’re changing our profile picture to show support for trans people everywhere, and we encourage you to do the same. pic.twitter.com/49oWR5U4Kz
— GLAAD (@glaad) April 8, 2019
According to GLAAD, any transgender person in active service who comes out publicly as transgender and seeks to transition will face discharge, and transgender Americans will be barred from further enlistment.
However, Military.com updated its story on the ban after receiving additional information from a Pentagon spokesperson. Here’s what they have to say now:
Transgender troops who are currently serving will be allowed to remain in uniform, Defense Department spokesman Charles Summers told reporters. But that won’t be the case for everyone interested in joining the ranks.
“Those who are currently serving will continue to serve, and those who’ve had medical service for gender dysphoria will not be allowed to serve,” he said.
Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the proposed policy “is not a ban on service by transgender persons.”
“Under the proposed policy, no one may be denied entry into the military or involuntarily discharged based solely on gender identity,” he said. “However, a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, a medical condition requiring long-term treatment, can be disqualifying.
So it appears the ban is not as sweeping as advertised. Of course, opponents haven’t changed their minds, but gender identity alone will not disqualify a transgender person from entering the military.
It's not a transgender ban. It's intended for those treated for the psychological disorder of gender dysforia. The military has standards for mental and physical health that must be applied to everyone.https://t.co/SjCjnSLXlX
— R?ry Marcus (@DeargDionadair) April 10, 2019
Not every transgender person is dysphoric though. I can understand not allowing transgender people with gender dysphoria to serve, but what about transgender people who aren’t dysphoric?
— Ashton Brown (@AshtonBrown18) April 10, 2019
Read the article. They aren't banning transgender people. pic.twitter.com/aNYrWEpc1v
— R?ry Marcus (@DeargDionadair) April 11, 2019
So does this mean people will lay off President Trump? Will they forgive Meghan McCain for being a Republican, even if just for a day?
Everything about this administration is a clear & present danger!
— Sandy Shore (@SandySh69661491) April 11, 2019
Thanks for bringing this up. I'm genuinely glad you are speaking out on this…
But spoiler alert…. Discrimination against transgender Americans is pretty much a requirement for today's @GOP and social conservatives.
Hoping all the bigots don't drown out your voice. ?
— CincoTamayo (@CincoTamayo_) April 10, 2019
This is what you vote for when you vote republican.
— Katherine Greene (@greeneneefe) April 10, 2019
It's the GOP policy now.
— Ralph Salazar (@RalpH2SO4) April 10, 2019
And yet you proudly claim to be of the same party. Where’s the outrage from the GOP? Deafening.
— Daniel Cohen (@danielevancohen) April 10, 2019
Your party, toots.
— LOOK AT THESE!!!! (@RustiniusMximus) April 10, 2019
I’m still confused on exactly what transgender means. Why is male or female such a difficult question??
— TBIRD (@wboyd100_tbird) April 10, 2019
You were raised in a society that dictates we are born either male or female. Science, genetic expression, and observations of cultural norms outside of our country (both modern and historically) make it clear that there is more than male or female.
— Assistance for Immigrant Children in South Texas (@Karijohanna76) April 10, 2019
Who said they have to live in the shadows? I don't remember that part.
— JG (@jgiambrone22) April 10, 2019
Teen Vogue drops some science, says the idea of the biologically male or female body is ‘totally wrong’ https://t.co/GzxP3g1aUA
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 1, 2019