American Psychological Association Doubles Down on Opposition to Transgender Military Ban

By Shane Stahl • March 27, 2018 • 6:03 am

Following President Trump’s issuance of a memo on February 23 outlining an implementation plan for a ban on transgender people serving in the military, the American Psychological Association released a statement on February 24 affirming its earlier declaration that banning transgender military service is a detriment to the country, unfairly casting transgender people in a negative light.

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. said:

“The APA stands firmly against discrimination against anyone, and this ban is a discriminatory action. This ban not only harms those who have chosen to serve our country, but it also casts a pall over all transgender Americans. This discrimination has a negative impact on the mental health of those targeted.”

In 2012 the APA passed a policy statement opposing discrimination in all forms, including that against transgender people. According to the organization, transgender people do not have a mental disorder; thus, there is no impairment in their judgment or ability to work.

“All Americans who meet the strenuous requirements and volunteer to serve in U.S. military should be given the opportunity to do so.” Levin said.

President Trump first floated the idea of the ban last July, and in August, signed an executive order enforcing it. Immediately afterward, our legal partners at NCLR, GLAD, Lambda Legal, ACLU, SPARTA, the Transgender American Veteran Association, the Human Rights Campaign, Outserve-SLDN, and more, filed lawsuits which resulted in the ban being currently stayed by multiple courts due to the question of its constitutionality.

As of January 1 this year, openly transgender people were able to enlist for the first time in history.

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