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Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images. The Trump administration adamantly defended its new ban on most transgender people in the military on Wednesday, repeatedly claiming “this is not a ban” and “it does not allow discrimination.”. “Merely identifying as transgender has no practical military consequence,” a Department of Defense official told reporters on a conference call. But the policy will have life-changing consequences for transgender people. The memorandum released Tuesday night allows troops to personally consider themselves transgender, making up the basis for the administration’s argument. But it will require the military to discharge service members who appear transgender or act tran... Full story

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