Transgender Military Ban Will Stand Temporarily

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that restrictions on transgender individuals in the military will be allowed to stand.

The court ruled that they cannot make policy decisions for military leaders, and that the restrictions are not a blanket ban because they would admit people who aren’t looking to transition, those without dysphoria, and those who would serve under their birth gender, according to the New York Times.

And while the court sided with the Trump administration, transgender rights organizations are fuming.

The decision is “based on the absurd idea that forcing transgender people to suppress who they are in order to serve is not a ban. It ignores the reality of transgender people’s lives, with devastating consequences, and rests on a complete failure to understand who transgender people are,” Attorney Jennifer Levi, director of the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders transgender rights project, said.