But it will require the military to discharge service members who appear transgender or act transgender by failing to meet grooming, uniform, and other military standards for their birth sex. In both cases, Trump announced the policies as outright bans before officials revised them incrementally to bypass earlier court rulings and then insisted they weren't bans at all. The transgender military memo, signed by David L. Gender dysphoria is, for many, the essence of being transgender. Pentagon officials attempted to thread a semantic needle.
All the ways the Trump administration has rolled back protections for transgender people
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CNN The Trump administration is considering a new proposal to narrowly define "sex," a shift that could upend the rules and programs for transgender people in America. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Avlon on Trump's views of transgender people The proposal, first reported by The New York Times, is just one of many ways that the administration has sought to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender people, including in schools, at work and in the military. Here's a look at some of the main policy proposals the administration has taken toward transgender people and how they differ from the Obama administration.
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Benita Arren was the third person to join an innovative study of transgender individuals in Belgium. Credit: Bea Uhart. Benita Arren wishes that the human body came with instructions. About a decade ago, Arren was struggling with inner conflict. Then in her forties, married with two children and busy with a job in Antwerp, Belgium, she found them resurfacing.
Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation :  transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual , asexual , or may decline to label their sexual orientation. The term transgender is also distinguished from intersex , a term that describes people born with physical sex characteristics "that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". The degree to which individuals feel genuine, authentic, and comfortable within their external appearance and accept their genuine identity has been called transgender congruence.