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Advocates protest transgender military ban outside White House

Advocates protest transgender military ban outside White House

President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people in the military has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, and late Wednesday it drew backlash from a "Tonight Show correspondent", who is a transgender comedian. "It just hurts", said the veteran.

The White House said it doesn't have a timeline for the Department of Defense as to how exactly this new policy would work.

Zabel also calls attention to the fact that she is not even sure how something like this would be enforced, since there are already many transgender people now serving in the military.

He also said that the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs" of transgender people anymore. A Rand Corp. study estimated that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members on active duty and an additional 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Major Phillips with the Arkansas National Guard told us over the phone that they haven't received guidance from the National Guard on implementation so for now, they are standing ready for direction from higher ups.

Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, director of the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project, National LGBTQ Task Force, said Trump "has stood against the trans community with this decision and is harming lives for the sake of political gains".

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Earlier Wednesday, Trump announced on Twitter he would "not accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the military. As a transgender Air Force veteran, Zabel knows all too well the impact a change in policy like this could have, and also how hypocritical an attempt to pass this off as being for the good of the military is.

"Thousands of transgender service members defend our country", Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said in a tweet.

Trump said he made the decision after consulting with generals and military experts. "Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them. We are here. We exist and we live and we have a right to fight for our country", responded Diana Patton. He had said that he will fight for their rights unlike his rival Hillary Clinton. "The governor respects the ability of generals and military leaders to decide the force America needs".

The Trump tweets began shortly before 9 a.m., sandwiched between tweets in which he criticized Sen.

During his tenure the Pentagon ended a longtime ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

"Our study found that the number of US transgender service members who are likely to seek transition-related care is so small that a change in policy will likely have a marginal impact on health care costs and the readiness of the force", the Rand researchers wrote.