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Biden will reportedly lift transgender military ban enacted under Trump administration

Added 01-25-21 01:14:02am EST - “Trump announced in 2017 that he was reversing an Obama era policy that allowed open military service to transgender people.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Biden will reportedly lift transgender military ban enacted under Trump administration”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order to lift the ban on transgender people serving in the military that was enacted during the Trump administration, according to several reports on Sunday.

Former President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that he was reversing an Obama era policy that allowed open military service to transgender people. The plan was implemented later in 2019 after a Supreme Court vote.

The news comes after Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office extending federal non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people. Lifting the restrictions on open service for transgender people is expected to be one of the first actions of the order, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also reported that Biden wanted to wait on signing the executive order until his nominee for Defense Secretary, retired Army general Lloyd Austin, was confirmed by Congress. Austin's first day is set for Monday after he was approved by the Senate on Friday in a 93-2 vote, becoming the first Black secretary to helm the department.

Read more: Here's a breakdown of the Trump administration's transgender military ban that the Supreme Court allowed to move forward

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