Joe Biden has lifted a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military because he believes America’s strength is in diversity.
President Joe Biden on Monday lifted his predecessor’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.
“President Biden is convinced that gender identity should not impede military service and that America’s strength lies in its diversity,” the White House said in a statement.
“Allowing all experienced Americans to serve their country is more beneficial to both the military and the nation because the host army is more efficient. Simply put, it’s right in our national interest,” the message reads.
In 2016, President Barack Obama allowed transgender people to serve in the military without hiding their gender identity, and received medical aid for transgender transitions. President Donald Trump suspended transgender recruitment in the military, while allowing active transgender service members to continue serving.