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Israel's IDF Allows Transgender Soldiers . . . So Do 18 Other Countries

Israel's IDF Allows Transgender Soldiers . . . So Do 18 Other Countries
Shachar Erez, the first transgender soldier to serve in the Israel Defense Force. (Screengrab of Twitter post/@TemShalom)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:28 PM

President Donald Trump walked back the Obama-era policy on Wednesday that permitted transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military, dropping the number of countries allowing trans soldiers to 18 worldwide. 

Trump cited medical costs as one of the reasons why he has decided not to allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity," according to a series of Twitter messages posted Wednesday morning.

Previously, former defense secretary Ash Carter announced last June that the U.S. would begin allowing trans troops. According to Politico, James Mattis, current defense secretary, then announced a six-month delay on the order last month. And now Trump has ruled it out.

Elsewhere in the world, though, trans troops have become the norm.

In April, the Israel Defense Force accepted its first transgender soldier, Shachar Erez, according to the media outlet Forward.

Erez originally enlisted in the IDF as a female, but the Israeli military's health insurance covered the cost of his transition, paying for testosterone injections and for top surgery, including a double mastectomy and chest reconstruction, Forward reported.

Erez, 23, visited the United States this past spring with his personal story to encourage acceptance in a tour sponsored by the IDF and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“I hope to give them the feeling that I got from the IDF, the fact that I am equal,” he said.

According to a RAND Corporation study reported by The New York Times, an estimated 2,450 out of 1.3 million active-duty members of the U.S. military are transgender.

Here are the remaining 18 countries that currently permit trans troops:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bolivia
  5. Canada
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Israel
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand
  15. Norway
  16. Spain
  17. Sweden
  18. United Kingdom

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President Donald Trump walked back the Obama-era policy on Wednesday that permitted transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military, dropping the number of countries allowing trans soldiers to 18 worldwide.
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