By James Maloney
Almost a week into his presidency and Joe Biden has been making exceptional changes to the laws that Trump set during his four-year term.
One of those policies that is being overturned is the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.
The ban enforced by Trump was apparently down to “financial reasons”.
Under Barack Obama, the US government was willing to pay for the medical costs for transgender individuals, however Trump thought that the money should be used on other things.
It was one of several policies by the Trump administration which were seen as discriminatory against the LGBTQ+ community.
The law was passed on 26thJuly 2017, meaning over 9,000 transgender individuals who were currently serving in the United States military, would have to leave their jobs.
Many people questioned the true intention of this ban, with many LGBTQ+ activists and human rights activists disagreeing with Trump’s justifications for the move.
Others including practicing endocrinologist Jack Turco, spoke up about the ban when it was going through and said:
“I’ve treated transgender troops for years. Trump is wrong to ban them from the military.
“Trump’s opposition to transgender soldiers is morally wrong and factually inaccurate. They aren’t costly, and it’s his ban that would be disruptive.”
While the ban was being enforced, many people were confused and found it hard to understand, as Trump’s reasoning was confusing.
While we start 2021 with Joe Biden as the new president of the United States, we can only expect big things as he dives in right away in fixing Trump’s mess and creating a safer place for the citizens of the United States.
Twitter has blown up with overwhelming support for Joe Biden’s decision to reverse the ban and allow transgender individuals to have the choice to serve in the military.
U.S Rep. Stephanie Murphy took to twitter, tweeting her support to the president by using the hashtag #TransMilitaryBan.
Glad the #TransMilitaryBan has been repealed, allowing transgender troops to serve.
If an American is willing to put their life on the line to defend this country in our armed forces, we should welcome their service and respect their sacrifice. Period. https://t.co/MHVFoN8Px8
— U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) January 25, 2021
It has been less than a week since Joe Biden officially became president and there are still four more years to look ahead to for the American people who hope their new president will be able to bring positives to a dreadful year.