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President Trump Tweets Prompt Conversation Over Transgender Military Personnel

Arm of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff - Dominique A. Pineiro
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine General Joe Dunford issued a message to top military officials clarifying that 'no modifications' to the military’s transgender policy will come into effect as a result of declared ban.";

High-level U.S. military officials are clarifying the policy surrounding transgender service members after President Donald Trump announced a ban of transgender members of the military via Twitter. Trump cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as a cause of the ban. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a message to top military officials clarifying that “no modifications” to the military’s transgender policy will come into effect as a result of the declared ban. 

Guest host Anita Rao speaks with Shannon Gilreath, a professor of law and professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Wake Forest University, about the legality of rescinding the right for transgender people to be open about their gender identity while serving in the military. 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.