Nearly two dozen House Democrats proposed legislation this week that would ban Ministry of Defense It discriminates against transgender people who want to serve in the military.
The bill, presented by Rep. Sarah Jacobs, D-Calif., aims to prevent Republicans from reimposing former President Trump’s draft ban. Anyone with gender dysphoria or who have already undergone a gender transition operation. President Biden reversed that decision, and Jacobs and 22 other House Democrats are pushing for a new law that would prevent Trump-era politics from returning.
“Anyone who is willing and able to serve our country should be able to serve authentically,” said Jacobs, who is also vice chair of the Congressional Justice Caucus and co-chair of the Gender Equality Task Force.
“Discrimination of all kinds, especially against transgender and gender non-conforming communities, prevents our military from recruiting and retaining the best and brightest and impairs military readiness,” she said. “As our military faces recruiting and retention challenges, we need to ensure that our policies reflect our military’s values of equality, diversity, and inclusion.”
in 2017, Trump announced on Twitter that the Army “will not accept or permit … transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Army,” because the Army must focus on “a decisive and overwhelming victory” and cannot “be burdened with the enormous medical costs and disruption that transgender people in the military will entail.” on him “.
While Biden took this policy, Republicans have been looking to reinstate it. In February, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, proposed legislation again banning anyone with a “history or diagnosis of a gender dysphoria from military service,” with only a few limited exceptions.
“Biden has turned our military into a wake-up social experiment,” Rubio said last month. “It’s a stupid way to go about protecting our nation. We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter threats like China, Russia and North Korea and less time thinking about pronouns.”
Rubio and Banks noted that the military does not allow people with a peanut allergy to serve, that people who are treated for ADHD must obtain a waiver to serve, while anyone with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is allowed entry. Banks said Biden’s move to allow transgender people to be served was “purely political.”
Under GOP law, all transgender people or those with a history of gender dysphoria will be barred from military service unless they have been stable in their biological sex for three years prior to joining. Anyone seeking sex reassignment surgery and those who have already undergone the surgery will be banned.
Those already in the military can continue to serve if they are stable in their biological sex.
The GOP bill would also require the Department of Defense to use the Defense Eligibility Reporting System to use only biological sex as a gender marker and not allow any other means of determining sex other than a person’s sex at birth.