WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled Monday that the government must allow transgender people to enlist in the armed forces starting Jan. 1. NBC OUT reported that District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly made the decision after the government asked if it could push back the deadline set by the Obama administration. From NBC…
WASHINGTON — 45 has signed a directive banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.
Politico reported that directive gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to submit a plan. It also leaves decision of whether to remove current transgender troops to Mattis. The order was sent to the Defense and Homeland Security departments. It does bar the military from recruiting transgender people and bars the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery for servicemembers.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White Friday confirmed in a statement to Politico that the department had received the guidance but provided no further details.