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US In a first, openly transgender recruit signs up for U.S. military

00:17  27 february  2018
00:17  27 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Trump to make final call on the Pentagon's policy on transgender troops

  Trump to make final call on the Pentagon's policy on transgender troops Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will make recommendations to the White House this week on transgender troops. Trump to make final call.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will make his recommendations this week to Trump. The Pentagon does not plan to announce proposed changes to existing policy, Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said Tuesday in an email.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U . S . military for the first time since a federal court ruled late last year that the military would have to accept openly transgender people, the Pentagon said on Monday. Military officials do not know how many

A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U . S . military for the first time since a federal court ruled late last year that the military would have to accept openly transgender people, the Pentagon said on Monday. Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to.

File photo of the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. © Charles Dharapak/AP File photo of the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U.S. military for the first time since a federal court ruled late last year that the military would have to accept openly transgender people, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits, but this is the first time one has officially signed a contract to join the military.

"(The Pentagon) confirms that as of February 23, 2018 there is one transgender individual under contract for service in the US Military," Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said. The person has signed a contract but not yet started basic training.

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

  Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military The issue erupted into the forefront last summer with tweets from President Trump.Load Error

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U . S . military for the first time since a federal court ruled late. 1, when the Defence Department began accepting openly transgender recruits , but this is the first time one has officially signed a contract to join the

A transgender recruit signed a contract to join the military for the first time since a court ruled last year the military must accept transgenders . 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits , but this is the first time one has officially signed a contract to join the

In a move that appealed to his hard-line conservative supporters, President Donald Trump announced in July that he would prohibit transgender people from serving in the military, reversing former President Barack Obama’s policy of accepting them. Trump said on Twitter at the time that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

A number of federal judges - in Baltimore, Washington, Seattle and Riverside, California - issued rulings blocking Trump’s ban. The judges said the ban would likely violate the right under the U.S. Constitution to equal protection under the law.

Late last year, transgender people were allowed for the first time to enlist in the U.S. military, after the Trump administration decided not to appeal the rulings.

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis provided his recommendations to the White House on transgender people serving in the military.

Advocates have said they believe dozens, if not hundreds, of transgender people will seek to join an estimated 4,000 already serving.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Alistair Bell)

RuPaul Apologizes for Comments Against Trans Competitors on Drag Race: 'You Are My Teachers' .
RuPaul “regrets” comments he made in a recent interview about allowing transgender contestants to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The host of the hit VH1 reality show, 57, said in a sit-down with The Guardianthat trans women who have begun physically transitioning should not be able to compete on the show. On Monday night, he apologized via Twitter. “Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience,” he wrote under an image of a rainbow flag. “I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.” He added in a second tweet, “In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change.” Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers. pic.twitter.com/80Qi2halN2— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 5, 2018 In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we've ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change. pic.twitter.

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