Rep. Deb Haaland's Emotional Message to Transgender Servicemembers About Donald Trump Is Going Viral for All the Right Reasons
Wednesday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held hearings regarding the Trump administration's reinstated ban on transgender servicemembers. One of the newly appointed members of the committee in attendance was New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland. In November, Haaland became one of two Native American women—both Democrats serving in the House—who made history as the first ever elected to Congress.
Kansas Representative Sharice Davids, Ho-chunk, and Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, share another commonality: both are the children of career military members. Davids' mother served in the Army while Haaland's father did 30 years in the Marine Corps and Haaland's mother was a member of the Navy.
An Openly Transgender Military Recruit Just Made History and There's Nothing Donald Trump Can Do About It
The first openly transgender recruit has joined the U.S. military since federal courts ruled against President Donald Trump’s ban transgender service members.
“The Department of Defense confirms that as of Feb. 23, 2018, there is one transgender individual under contract for service in the U.S. military,” Pentagon spokesman Major David Eastburn told CNN, adding that the individual has signed a contract but not yet started basic training. Eastburn did not confirm who the recruit is or say which branch the recruit signed up for.
A federal judge in Maryland is the second judge to block President Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members in the U.S. armed forces. Trump's proposed ban involves prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military, as well as from receiving transition-related health care through the military.
Judge Marvin Garbis was struck by the haste and apparent lack of forethought that Trump exhibited this summer when he announced via Twitter his intended new policy, which was a complete reversal of the military's announcement last year regarding the open acceptance and medical care of trans service members.
The Pentagon paid for an active-duty service member's gender transition surgery that took place on Tuesday, NBC News reports. It was the first such gender-reassignment procedure approved under a waiver allowing the United States military to pay for the operation, and it took place in a private hospital.
We know that the soldier identifies as a woman, according to a source who knows the service member, and that she received her Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003.
On Monday, a federal judge in Washington barred President Donald Trump’s administration from banning transgender people from military service.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled transgender service members suing over Trump’s policy likely to win their lawsuit. She mandated a return to the policy in place before Trump announced his ban.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are behind a bipartisan push to try to reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military in any capacity. The two senators have filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would prevent the military from kicking out transgender service members solely based on their gender identity. It's still unclear whether the measure will get a vote, as it's one of many proposed amendments to the defense policy bill.
The amendment is the second Gillibrand and Collins have introduced on the transgender ban. The new version has been modified, likely a bid to attract more Republican support. The initial proposal would have barred the Pentagon from ending payments for the cost of transgender medical procedures. The new amendment would also require Defense Secretary James Mattis to focus his study (which would address the ban's impact) on the issue of new recruits and report his results to Congress
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the Pentagon will not implement President Donald Trump's directive banning transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, saying that he will first establish a panel of experts to study the ban's impact. The president tweeted out his plans for the military on July 26, an abrupt reversal of an Obama administration decision which would have allowed them to serve openly.
"Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction," Mattis said in the statement. "In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place."