- NEW YORK POST - Jan 25, 2021 -
President Biden on Monday repealed former President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Biden signed the executive order in the Oval Office, saying, “What I’m doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform.”
He added, “Transgender personnel that’s qualified in every other way can serve their government in the United States military.”
Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, incoming Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Biden said Milley had been “a great, great help.”
The White House said in a press release that Biden “believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity.”
Trump announced in a July 2017 tweet that the transgender ban would be reinstated.
Trump wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”