(WB) President Biden has signed an executive order that reverses Trump administration policy against transgender military service and prohibits discharges based on diagnoses of gender dysphoria, but stops short of explicitly stating transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the armed forces, according to a fact sheet issued Monday by the White House.
“President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” the fact sheet says.
The executive order is aimed at reversing policy instituted by former President Trump, who tweeted in 2017 he’d ban transgender people from the armed forces “in any capacity.” Former Defense Secretary James Mattis subsequently issued a report recommending against transgender military service, which the Defense Department then implemented as policy at the direction of Trump.
Before the Trump administration instituted its ban, the Obama administration under former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has lifted decades-old regulations against transgender military service, prohibiting discharges of service members based on gender dysphoria. Transgender enlistments, however, were put on pause until the next administration, when Trump overrode the changes altogether with a new ban.