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BBC Minute On: Trump's transgender ban in numbers

The “tremendous medical costs” behind the trans military ban

President Trump's announcement that transgender people will be banned from serving in the US military is being talked about around the world. BBC Minute takes a look at some of the numbers behind the president's claim that allowing them to serve entails "tremendous medical costs". Photo: Protesters gather in front of the White House after President Trump announced that transgender people may not serve 'in any capacity' in the US military, July 2017, Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

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Lady Gaga condemns Trump's transgender military ban

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Before the Mercury nominations, some of the day's other music news. Lady Gaga has hit back at Donald Trump after the US President announced yesterday he will ban transgender people from military service.

Gaga - a vocal supporter of LGTBQ rights - says the decision has "endangered lives" and will have an adverse affect on the mental health of young trans people.

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Trump made the announcement yesterday, also on Twitter.

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Transgender 'not a barrier' to serving country

An Essex police officer has taken to social media to criticise US President Donald Trump after he banned transgender people from serving in the US military.

Mr Trump has cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption" for the move.

Front line sergeant Gina Denham, who is a transgender woman, wrote "words fail me" on her Twitter account and "trans is not a barrier".

Sgt Denham said Essex Police and her colleagues were very supportive when she came out as transgender.

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