Canada’s military issues new policies to welcome transgender troops as Trump insists on ban

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03/19/2019

As U.S. President Donald Trump moves to banish transgender troops from the ranks, Canada’s military is welcoming such recruits with revamped policies that promote equality, respect and accommodation. New directives from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) circulated internally today and obtained by CBC News give guidelines on medical and surgical supports, uniform and naming protocols, and accommodations for bathrooms, showers and other private areas. “The revised version is less restrictive than in the past, strives to ensure consistent application, and encourages open lines of communication,” reads a statement from the Department of National Defence. The document replaces a previous 2011 policy for “transexual members” and features updated language.

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