McCain Supporting Transgender Military Personnel

Sep 16, 2017

Senator John McCain is backing a bipartisan effort to overturn the president’s ban on transgender soldiers. The senator said, “When less than one percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country.” “Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are transgender.” The legislations “would prohibit the Pentagon from involuntarily separating or denying the re-enlistment of currently serving transgender troops solely on the basis of gender identity.” The president’s ban “prohibits the military from enlisting transgender people and from using funds to pay for gender transition-related surgery.” The Defense Secretary has six months to determine how to deal with transgender troops who are currently in the military. To date, four lawsuits have been filed in the federal courts in an effort to halt the implementation of the ban.