The ban, which sparked heated debate, was enacted by Trump
President Joe Biden on Monday lifted his predecessor’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.
“President Biden is convinced that gender identity should not be a barrier to military service and that America’s strength lies in its diversity,” the White House said in a statement.
“Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country is more beneficial to both the military and the nation because an inclusive military is more effective. Simply put, it is the right thing to do and in our national interest,” the press release noted.
In 2016, President Barack Obama allowed transgender people to serve in the military without hiding their gender identity, and to receive medical care to make the transgender transition. President Donald Trump suspended transgender enlistment in the military while allowing current transgender service members to continue serving.