The Pentagon has issued new guidance that would allow transgender troops serving in the military to re-enlist in the coming months while the department figures out how to enforce President Trump’s ban, the
Associated Press reports.
In a memo Friday, Defense Secretary
James Mattis told military leaders that the Pentagon would put together a high-level panel led by the deputy defense secretary and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to formulate a plan on how to enforce Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers.
In the meantime, transgender troops will be allowed to serve, Mattis said.
Also Read: Donald Trump Sued Again Over Transgender Military Ban
In July, the president announced on Twitter that he would reinstate a ban on transgender service members, which was lifted by former President Barack Obama last year.
The tweet sparked a backlash from both sides of the isle and prompted confusion at the Pentagon, which was not warned of the decision ahead of time.
The announcement also drew intense criticism from the Hollywood community, garnering harsh rebuke from
George Takei, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and actor Kal Penn.
GLAAD — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — called President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the United States military “a direct attack on transgender Americans.”
Also Read: Gen. Mattis Freezes Trump's Transgender Ban
Last month, Trump signed a formal executive order, making it official. That directive gave Mattis six months to determine how to implement the ban, specifically when it comes to transgender service members already serving.
9 Cisgender Actors Playing Transgender Characters in Film (Photos)
Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" (1999)Swank plays real-life Brandon Teena, an American trans man who is beaten, raped and murdered by men after they discover he is transgender.
Felicity Huffman in "Transamerica" (2005)Huffman played a transgender woman who tried to reconnect with her estranged son, played by Kevin Zegers.
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Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013) Leto starred as an HIV positive, transgender woman in the film for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2014.
Chris Sarandon in "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)Sarandon played a pre-operative transsexual in the film, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Tom Wilkinson in "Normal" (2003)Wilkinson stars as Applewood, who after 25 years of marriage shocks his wife (Jessica Lange) when he tells her he wants to transition into a woman. He renames himself Ruth.
John Cameron Mitchell in "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" (2001)Mitchell played Hansel Schmidt, an East German man who falls in love with an American man and they decide to marry so he can escape East Germany. Howe...
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John Lithgow in "The World According to Garp" (1982)Lithgow played Roberta Muldoon, a former football player who transitions after being pro.
Jaye Davidson in "The Crying Game" (1992)The now retired actor played trans woman Dil in the film, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Lee Pace in "Soldier's Girl" (2003)Pace starred as Calpernia Addams in the film, based on a true story. Addams came out as a transgender woman during her last year in the military.
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