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California National Guard will defy Trump’s transgender military ban order

Matthew Beevers
Army Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy adjutant general, California National Guard, at the winter National Guard Senior Leader Conference, Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, Dec. 7, 2016. Photo: U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Gonzalez, via Wikipedia

A high-ranking officer in the California National Guard said this week that they will not comply with Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.

“As long as you fight, we don’t care what gender you identify as,” Major General Matthew Beevers, the assistant adjutant general for the California National Guard, told the California State Assembly’s Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

“I believe the ban (on transgender troops) will be lifted again.”

He said that he knew of two transgender people in the California National Guard, but that there is no official count.

“At the end of the day, we’re not compelled to measure it, so we don’t,” Beevers said.

“Nobody’s going to kick you out,” he said, referring to people in the California National Guard who might be considering transitioning.

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“What the California National Guard said, and what we’ve said in our lawsuit, is that the military ought to treat them just like every other servicemember,” a spokesperson for Equality California told The Advocate.

Last month, a Supreme Court decision struck down two injunctions that were preventing the Trump administration from implementing a ban on transgender people in the military. An appeals court struck down another injunction.

But one injunction against the ban is still working its way through the appeals process and is currently blocking implementation of the ban.

“We’re still waiting on the court order to lift,” a spokeswoman for the Defense Department told Stars and Stripes. “If that happens, we’ll have more information.”

The California National Guard is a federally-funded part of the United States National Guard. If that final injunction is overturned, the Trump administration may face a battle to implement the transgender military ban in the National Guard.

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