The Supreme Court voted 5–4 Tuesday to enact the Trump administration’s policy prohibiting people with a gender identity that differs from their biological sex from serving in the military, while cases challenging the ban continue in lower courts.

The ban excludes those who are already serving in the military and those who are willing to serve “in their biological sex,” but anyone wishing to transition during their service will risk discharge.

The transgender military ban simplifies the concept of sex, which, according to research, is not as binary as the Trump administration thinks it is. A person’s sex is much more complicated than having XX or XY chromosomes and the corresponding genitalia. As Emma Sarappo reported for Pacific Standard:….

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