Fairness Parkersburg releases statement on transgender military ban

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The United States’ transgender military ban is now a reality.

The men and women who serve the country must adhere to their birth sex.

This change comes nearly two years after President Trump tweeted that he wanted a transgender ban.

Part of the president's statement said the country "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption" of transgender issues.

There are some exceptions to the rule that blocks transgender people from serving, including gender dysphoria.

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, there are roughly 15,000 transgender people in the military.

Fairness Parkersburg, an organization that works to get LGBT inclusive human rights policies passed in Parkersburg, released the following statement on the ban:

“The decision to instate a transgender ban is deeply disappointing. This ban is essentially returning transgender troops to the time of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, requiring them to either hide their true self or leave the military, especially troubling for those who have made a career of military service.

Transgender individuals have served with distinction for as long as we’ve had a military. Relegating these brave folk who volunteered for service to a future of uncertainty is disheartening. Our military (and our country) is better when all Americans are permitted the chance to serve with pride.”