Joe Biden is promising to revive former President Barack Obama’s Pentagon transgender policies that require female servicemembers to declare that men are women once the men declare themselves to be transgender.
President Donald Trump erased that policy in 2018, thus allowing female servicemembers to exclude men from their private spaces and from female identity.
“I will flat out just change the law — I will eliminate those Executive Orders,” Biden said October 15, during a televised town hall meeting, when he was questioned by the mother of a woman who said her young child is transgender.
Trump’s 2018 policy does not exclude transgender people from the military. But he requires soldiers to be identified by their biological sex and bars soldiers from changing their official record — their “gender marker” — from male to female or from female to male.
A 2018 Pentagon report set the policy, saying:
Low rates of