‘This is our answer to the White House’: California is bucking Trump’s controversial policies in an unprecedented way12th February 2019
In recent weeks, California and its militia, one of the largest National Guard entities in the US, began signaling its disagreement with President Donald Trump on two contentious topics: the southern border and transgender service members.
Nearly a month after the Supreme Court decided not to stand in the way of Trump’s move to bar transgender people from serving in the military, the California Military Department’s second-in-command told policymakers the directive would not currently be enforced on transgender troops serving in the California National Guard.
“As long as you fight, we don’t care what gender you identify as,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the California Military Department’s assistant adjutant general, said to the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee last week.
“Nobody’s going to kick you out,” Beevers said, adding that transgender service members would still have to seek gender-reassignment surgery.Read full story...