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FactCheck.org
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Politics

Trump and Transgender Service Members

In announcing he would ban transgender people from the military, President Donald Trump cited “the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” Whether the cost is “tremendous” is opinion, but a government-funded report found that allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military would likely have a “marginal impact” on health care costs and military readiness. The report, released last year by the RAND Corp., estimated the additional cost at “between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually, representing a 0.04- to 0.13-percent increase in ac
The Guardian
4 min read
Tech

As Facebook Blocks The Names Of Trans Users And Drag Queens, This Burlesque Performer Is Fighting Back

When Caitlin Beach came out as a transgender woman, she decided she would announce the news to her entire network on social media. Facebook, however, wouldn’t let her. In spring 2015, she said Facebook flagged her profile after she changed it from her legal name to her new name, telling her she had to provide documentation to verify her identity. Beach, who had no supporting records at the time, said it was important to be able to introduce herself as Caitlin, and without that option, she decided to deactivate her account altogether. “It took away that experience of being able to come ou
NPR
3 min read
Politics

Trump Says Transgender People Can't Serve In Military

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military. In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, he 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. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming ... victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank