“Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the army and for the country because comprehensive force is more effective. Simply put, this is true and is in our national interest,” the White House statement said.
“President Biden believes that gender identity should not interfere with military service, and that America’s strength lies in its diversity,” she added.
Lifting the ban on military service for transgender people is fulfilling the Biden campaign promise. LGBTQ circles in the United States have chosen such a step. Former US President Donald Trump announced a ban on service in the military for transgender people in July 2017. The ban mainly affected people with a gender dysfunction, with few exceptions. Trump said transgender soldiers would cause “enormous medical costs and disruption”.
The Republican decision reflected the policies adopted by the Pentagon under Barack Obama. The Democrat began a process that would eventually allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.
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A 2016 study by the RAND Corporation found the number of transgender people in the US military reached 2,500.
Last week, Biden, in a decree to “prevent and combat discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” called on schools across the country to allow transgender athletes to participate in athletic competitions in line with their gender identity. Failure to do so may result in loss of funding.
The LGBTQ community welcomed this decree and drew criticism from US conservatives. Abigail Schreier assessed in the Wall Street Journal that this is “the beginning of the end of women’s sport.”
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