Two lawsuits filed challenging Trump's transgender military ban

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Two lawsuits have already been filed against Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members in the us military, just three days after the president issued guidance to the Pentagon on the issue.

However, the suit argues Trump provided no cost analysis and cites news reports suggesting top military officials were "surprised" by his announcement.

"This ban is disrespectful and dishonorable to the thousands of transgender men and women who are boldly and bravely serving our country", Sasha Buchert, a transgender military veteran and staff attorney at Lambda Legal, one of the firms representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said in a statement.

The suit was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; the Human Rights Campaign; and Gender Justice League, a Seattle-based gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization.

The ban reversed an Obama administration decision to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.

The other complaint was filed in federal court in Maryland by the American Civil Liberties Union and the D.C. -based law firm Covington & Burling LLP.

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Stone is a 34-year-old man assigned to a unit at Fort Meade, Maryland, who has served in the US Navy for 11 years, including time in Afghanistan.

The ACLU lawsuit says the ban violates the fifth amendment rights of transgender individuals serving in the military.

She continued, "As I said last month, it is the height of hypocrisy for Donald Trump, who has demonstrated himself to be unfit for the presidect temperamentally and through blatant lying, to use her perch as commander-in-chief to tell transgender people that they're unfit for the military, especially when he opted not to serve himself". The White House declined to comment about these two pending lawsuits. The measure also directs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to determine the fate of transgender individuals already serving in the military based on their "deployability", a standard that has yet to be formally established. It leaves determining what will happen to transgender individuals now serving to the Defense Defense.

Roughly 2,500 active duty personnel are transgender, according to a RAND Corporation study cited past year by Ash Carter, a former defence secretary.

"For our president, who opted out of serving in the military, to attack transgender people for being unfit to serve... is the height of hypocrisy", said Virginian transgender candidate Danica Roem. "The [ban] singles out transgender service members for different treatment by denying them coverage for medically necessary care that is inherently related to their transgender status and gender nonconformity", the complaint said.

The ACLU sued the administration on behalf of six transgender service members. Also named in the ACLU lawsuit are each of the civilian heads of the military departments. It extends the ban on new transgender recruits until the secretary of defense recommends that it should be lifted and the president agrees.

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