The US is set to start accepting transgender recruits into its armed forces since January 1st as the Presidential administration has lost a legal battle aimed to ban trans people from serving. The Trump administration had sought to block Obama-era guidance welcoming transgender troops from coming into force, but courts refused to support the ban. And the Russian state-controlled media ‘welcomed’ the news with an article headlined: “Tranny Troops: US Military to Accept Transgender Recruits Beginning 2018″. “Following a capitulation by the administration of US President Donald Trump to a federal court ruling overturning a Trump attempt to ban transgender US military recruits, American soldiers will now comprise a much wider spectrum of humanity,” the article reads. Comments to it were even more cruel, calling trans soldiers hilarious and targetting them with homophobic slurs. Sputnik came under fire last year after targeting French Presidential candidate Emmanual Macron with homophobic smears on the campaign trail. Macron banned Russian state news outlets from his events, after Kremlin-owned outlet Sputnik published ‘gay’ smears alleging a “persistent rumour that [Macron] is secretly gay and living a ‘double life’”, and also accusing him of being in the pocket of a “very wealthy gay lobby”.