The new U.S. President Biden signed an executive order on the 25th, repealing the Trump administration’s order prohibiting transgender people from serving.
“What I’m doing now is to make all legitimate U.S. citizens able to wear military uniforms to serve the country.” Biden said before signing the executive order at the White House.
Previously, the Trump administration issued a policy prohibiting transgender people from serving and prohibiting military personnel from transsexuality during service, but the previous ban has since been relaxed.
According to CNN on the 25th, White House Press Secretary Pushaki said on the same day that cases of transgender soldiers being required to be discharged due to gender identity will be re-examined.
Psaki also said Biden believes that gender identity should not be an obstacle to joining the army, and that the strength of the United States is reflected in its diversity.
“When the United States is inclusive, it will be stronger in the world.”
According to previous reports, former President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in 2017 after entering the White House, one of the reasons is that transgender service will increase the medical costs of the army.
The statement overturned a decision made by then President Obama and then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2016 to allow transgender personnel to publicly serve in the military as their own preference.
In 2018, then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis issued a policy that would allow transgender people who were still in service at the time to remain in the army, but prohibiting those who did not have transgender people from changing their gender.
The policy also prohibits those diagnosed with gender anxiety from joining the army or serving.