President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to effectively ban transgender people from serving in the military, blaming "medical costs and disruption." The policy is a roll back from President Obama's decision to lift a ban that prevented transgender people from openly serving in the military.
Following the lifting of the ban by Obama, transgender service personnel were allowed to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identity in the Pentagon's personnel system. Last year, it was believed that between 2,450 and 15,500 transgender people served in the military. Their fate is now unclear.
President Trump's announcement marks a clear change in stance on LGBTQ rights. As a presidential candidate, he tweeted in June 2016 that he would fight for their rights.
Unsurprisingly, the decision has been met with outrage on social media.
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