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For the last time Donald Trump is not an LGBT ally. By Lucas Grindley July 26 2017 3:40 PM EDT

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The Washington Post says it's "always been confusing" whether Donald Trump supports LGBT rights. While evidence have shown that the military spends five times more on erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra than it does providing medical services for transgender troops the bias persists nonetheless.

Not everyone at the Capitol agreed.

Supporting our troops means supporting every person that serves in uniform-this patriotism should start with our commander in chief.

"You don't help mentally ill trans people by sticking them on the front lines", said Yiannopoulos.

"I would just like to briefly say that trans people are not disturbances", Win said to the crowd to begin the message. Does this shift in policy protect transgender Americans?

The American Civil Liberties Union said its chances of getting a court to block Trump's proposed ban might depend on the details of the plan. That she sounded like a besieged PR type speaks to a matter of continuity in the Trump White House: Though a new communications director - Anthony Scaramucci - took over last week, Trump's spokespeople appear to be no better briefed on the issues of the day than they've been over the past six months. That suggested there is not yet any new written policy or executive order. Our bodies, our appearances and our experiences are deemed unworthy of equal protection and fair access, and hateful rhetoric from the White House basically makes it open season to legislate discrimination.

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On Wednesday, the president's supporters maintained that his response then spoke to terrorism - a stark contrast from current concerns about military preparedness. This dramatic change in policy devalues their contributions to our country, and effectively creates a second-class citizenship for those who identify as transgender. Military chiefs recently announced a delay on allowing transgender people to enlist.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leads 45 senators in calling on the Pentagon to resist Trump on transgender military service.

Meanwhile, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin sent a letter dated Thursday asking the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reaffirm in legislation that transgender people may not be banned from serving in the military.

On June 30, Mattis extended the July 1 deadline to next January 1, saying the services should study the impact on the "readiness and lethality of our forces".

While his talk show is usually centred around celebrity interviews, irreverent sketches and taking famous people for a drive from time to time, James has repeatedly taken time out to address serious issues on the air. White trans people are far more likely to come out than any other ethnicity and the military was often a safe place for them to get an education and health care and valuable life skills. Back in the day, LGBT service members who served our country were either closeted about their sexual orientation or gender identity, or they were discharged under "honorable conditions" called "Fraudulent Enlistment". Hartzler also said the military should not have to pay for sex-change operations and other medical care for transgender individuals, though a recent Pentagon-funded study found the costs were relatively minimal.

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