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4 state National Guards have joined California in defying Trump's military trans ban


Added 04-24-19 01:13:02pm EST - “The National Guards in Nevada, Washington State, and Oregon have joined California and New Mexico in defying Trump's military ban.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “4 state National Guards have joined California in defying Trump’s military trans ban”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Nevada, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico have joined California in defying the Trump administration ban on transgender military, which went into effect April 12.

Shortly after the policy took effect, Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, one of California National Guard’s highest ranking officers, brushed off the new rules, saying that the gender identity of soldiers were “the least of our concerns,” as reported by The Hill.

When the policy was first announced via a series of tweets in 2017, President Trump wrote, without providing any factual evidence, that the military couldn’t "be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [troops] would entail.”

Beevers didn’t agree. “Anybody who is willing and able to serve state [and] nation should have the opportunity to serve. It’s unconscionable in my mind that we would fundamentally discriminate against a certain class of people based on their gender identity,” he said, adding that they “will explore every avenue to ensure” that transgender people could serve in California.

“We are not going to discharge any transgender individual from serving in our state National Guard, nor would this state ever discriminate against someone based on their gender identity,” Tripp Stelnicki, the governor’s communications director told local TV news station KOB4.

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