Coast Guard allows trans people to serve even though Trump forbids it

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The US Coast Guard is “committed” to allowing transgender people to serve unless they are explicitly barred, even though the President Donald Trump banned them stating that it would be too expensive for the army to provide healthcare for them. Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft told lawmakers on Tuesday that he would not stop any trans person from serving if there are no special orders from his bosses demanding him to do so. “We are certainly committed to their continued service in the United States Coast Guard,” he said to a House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. At least 17 of the Coast Guard’s 40,000 members on active duty identify as trans, according to the commandant, who said that o0ne of his personal staff members belongs to this list. Zukunft said that he was talking to senior figures from all five of the other branches of the military about how to respond to Trump’s ongoing attempts to institute a trans ban.

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