The California National Guard will likely defy President Trump’s transgender ban.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, one of the California National Guard’s highest ranking officers, said that the gender identity of his soldiers “is the least of our concerns,” shortly after the Trump administration's policy barring most transgender people from serving in the military took effect on Friday.
Beevers, who serves as assistant adjutant general for the California National Guard, told The Hill that the state guard's leadership believes that the policy has enough opportunities for exceptions and waivers and that it still has “the opportunity to continue to bring transgender service members in as long as they meet the requirements for service.”
“Anybody who is willing and able to serve state [and] nation should have the opportunity to serve. It’s unconscionable in my mind that we would fundamentally discriminate against a certain class of people based on their gender identity,” Beevers said. “That should be the absolute least of our worries.”