LA Weekly - Michael Cooper - On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Supreme Court delivered a major blow to the transgender community when it voted 5-4 to allow President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to stay in place while it's challenged in the lower courts. The policy was first announced by Trump in July 2017 on Twitter and then formally announced by then Secretary of Defense James Mattis in March 2018. It banned any "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria. Individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

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