On July 26, President Donald Trump lashed out against the transgender community, declaring in a series of tweets that the United States would not “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S.
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A new lawsuit filed in federal district court in the District of Columbia on behalf of five transgender servicemembers challenges President Trump’s apparent reversal of the military’s transgender service policy.
On the morning of July 26, President Trump announced a major military personnel policy change in a series of tweets:
Among the many novel features of the 2016 presidential election campaign is the increasingly visible participation of former military officers in the political process. Below is a brief primer on the legal status of retired service members, and the statutes and rules which govern their participation in politics.