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US Supreme Court Allows Trans Military Ban to go ahead

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Justices of the supreme court won’t hear arguments but block lower court orders making one of the most unpopular Presidents in US history's repeated push to ban trans people from openly serving in the armed forces.

The justices, voting 5-4 Tuesday, put on hold lower court decisions that had blocked the administration’s planned ban from taking effect. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. Neither side provided any explanation.

The court stopped short of agreeing to hear arguments on an expedited basis, as the administration sought. But by letting the ban take effect, the court gave the administration a "major victory" and hinted the justices ultimately will uphold the restrictions.

Transgender troops have been serving openly since June 2016, when President Barack Obama’s administration began lifting a longstanding prohibition. Opponents of the ban say reinstating it would violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

Estimates vary of how many transgender people serve in the military. A 2016 Rand study estimated that between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people were on active duty. The Mattis report said that since June 2016, about 900 people on active duty have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria -- the medical term for a conflict between one’s physical gender and the gender with which the person identifies.

The report also said that a 2016 survey of the military found that almost 9,000 people identified as transgender.

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Federal Court Judge Blocks Trumps Trans Military Ban

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A federal court judge has just blocked President Donald Trump's ban on military service members. Trump in July without consultation with the heads of the armed forces announced via Twitter a total ban on all transgender people serving in the military. Months later, that announcement was translated into a policy memo authorizing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to determine who can serve and who must be discharged.

The D.C. Court's ruling, handed down Monday afternoon, says it believes Trump's order was "driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally."

The ruling does allow the Trump administration to continue blocking funds for sex reassignment surgery, The Washington Post reports.

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After Lifting Travel Ban, U.S. Set To Host AIDS International AIDS Summit

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During a White House event held on the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the biennial International AIDS Conference will return to the United States in 2012. It will be the first time in 22 years that the event has been held in America.

“We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community worldwide. It is an unacceptable step backwards on behalf of human rights, but it is also a step that undermines the effectiveness of efforts to fight the disease worldwide,” Clinton said.

“Hosting the International AIDS Conference in the United States is an important opportunity for the United States,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, said Monday in a post at the White House blog.

“Welcoming conference attendees to our nation's capital will allow America to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to ending the HIV pandemic both in the United States and around the world. Given that the conference is fundamentally a research conference, holding this event in such close proximity to the National Institutes of Health and other U.S. Government research facilities will also, hopefully, expand the level of scientific disclosure between our scientists and researchers from around the world,” he added.

Over the years, the six-day summit has attracted thousands of noted HIV/AIDS researchers, medical professionals, activists and policy makers but ti had not been held in the United States for decades because of the U.S. restriction on visits by HIV-positive foreigners which was lifted by the Obama administration on January 4.

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