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Military ban on transgender goes into effect Friday

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 17:25:47-04

A controversial policy could make it harder for people hoping to serve their country.

President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military Is now in effect. Under this new policy, those who want to serve in the U.S. military must adhere to their birth sex.

Service members will no longer be allowed medical surgeries for gender transition unless they are currently in the process of receiving medical treatment. Transgender people who have received hormones or medical surgery related to their transition are now barred from joining the military.

Some say the ban will force transgender people to lie about their true selves.

"Implementing a ban again will not stop Americans from want to go serve their country and some of those Americans happen to be transgender," said Staff Sergeant Patricia King, a transgender soldier.

The National Center for Transgender Equality says roughly 15,000 transgender individuals are in the military, although they say some are not open about it.