Recently, the Dutch senate has agreed to an explicit ban on discrimination against transgender people. While in The Netherlands further steps are being taken to diminish the discrimination against transgender people, the United States did the opposite. The Trump government is trying to pass a law that makes it impossible for people to serve as anything other than their biological sex. People who have had hormone therapy or a gender-affirming operation, are no longer able to join the army without a waiver. Trump wants the regulation to go into effect on April 12, but the House of Representatives adopted a non-binding resolution at the end of March to oppose the government's ban. Dr Christine Quinan (Gender Studies) and Dr Marjolein van den Brink (School of Law) reflect on the “transgender ban”.
According to Quinan, we need to look beyond the ban if we want to solve structural problems concerning discrimination and inequality of transgender people: “Trans and queer communities have rightly been wary of issues like military inclusion. Being allowed to serve in the military does not solve deep, structural issues of inequality (including transphobia and racism). Indeed, as many trans activists and scholars have emphasized, rather than simply fighting to be "included," we must instead interrogate the underpinnings of nationalism and militaristic intervention at home and abroad. However, it is necessary to examine this latest attack on trans and gender diverse people. Transphobic attacks have most certainly increased under the Trump administration.”