Coast Guard Will Not Ban Transgender Troops without Direct Law for Them

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Photo: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson.

The U.S. Coast Guard made clear that they would not ban transgender service people unless there was a rule upheld against their service.

 Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said during a House of Representatives subcommittee meeting that his branch is “certainly committed” to the continued service of transgender people, according to The Hill. This comes despite President Donald Trump’s attempts to create a transgender ban in the military, which has faced several successful legal challenges since being proposed last July. 

“Seems to me this is an invented problem and a waste of time and dollars and military resources by targeting these dedicated service members who've proved their fitness and their ability to serve,” North Carolina Rep. David Price said during the meeting.

According to The Hill, there are currently 17 transgender people serving in the Coast Guard out of 40,000 total members.


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