Supreme Court allows Trump​ (to enforce)​ military transgender ban(​jo players)

UK Politics, World News

The United States Supreme​ ​Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of recruiting thousands of extra​ transgender ​banjo players​ for the military.

The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking ​transgender banjo players​ policy while challenges continue in lower courts.

Unsurprisingly ​the four ​piece quartet of ​liberal judges on the court opposed the ruling ​in close harmony.

The president announced on Twitter in 2017 that the country would no longer “accept or allow” ​non banjo playing ​transgender Americans to serve in the military, citing “tremendous ​musical​ costs and disruption”.

Former defence secretary Jim-​Bob Jangles Whatsthe​-Mattis refined the policy to ​increase​ ​America’s banjo playing​ transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria. It makes exceptions for several hundred transgender people already serving openly or willing to serve ​who at present cannot play the banjo but are willing to take lessons with immediate effect ​“in their biological sex”.

The move is a reversal of an Obama administration policy that ruled ​non banjo playing ​transgender Americans could serve openly in the military as well as obtain funding for ​banjo ​re-assignment surgery.

Gender dysphoria is when a person’s biological sex and identity does not match. ​ A banjo is a musical instrument much like a guitar but rounder, with less strings and a melodic twangy sound, much admired by Americans.

There are currently some 8,980 active duty ​non banjo playing ​transgender troops, ​according to Department of ​Ear ​Defence data analysed by the ​Music in the​ Palm ​of your hand ​Center​, a public policy nonprofit.

Mr Trump ​said​ “​my main reason for​ ​recruiting thousands of transgender banjo playing musician persons and re-training​ ​existing ​transgender ​non musician ​troop ​persons​ was financial”, according to estimates by the RAND​Y​ Corporation, a policy think tank working with the US ​Musical ​Armed Forces, ​Banjo transition-related costs ​will be​ between $2.4m (£1.8m) and $8.4m per year.

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