Donald Trump has banned transgender people from the military - but here's what he promised this time last year


On Wednesday President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that trans people can no longer serve in the US military.

The decision, announced through three tweets, reverses an earlier ruling by President Barack Obama that the military should begin accepting transgender troops who wished to serve.

It also reverses Donald Trump's earlier promises of support to the LGBT community.

Tweets such as these one have not aged well.

Wednesday's tweets are the only time the President has ever used the word 'transgender' on his Twitter timeline.

In January, only a few days after his inauguration, a statement from the White House said that President Trump pledged to “protect the community from violence and oppression”.

President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.

The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.

On 13 July the House of Representatives voted down an attempt to repeal the Obama decision to allow transgender troops.

It was defeated by House Democrats and 24 members of President Trump's own Republican Party.

It remains to be seen what other LGBT protections and rights that were introduced by the Obama administration will remain under Donald Trump's presidency.

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