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New Yorkers blast Trump reversal of policy on transgender people in military, protest in Times Square

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By Shannan Ferry
NEW YORK - Reactions from elected officials and LGBT advocates are pouring in after President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a ban on transgender people in the U.S. military.

The commander in chief revealed the policy reversal in a series of tweets.

The former policy was still up on the Department of Defense website Wednesday morning.

Both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer took immediately to Twitter to blast the policy reversal.

"Transgender Americans are serving honorably in our military. We stand with these patriots," Schumer said.

"This administration's directive against the transgender community is intolerable, unjust, and a betrayal of our values," Cuomo said.

In a statement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who currently serves on the armed services committee, said in part, "This new directive is harmful, misguided, and weakens – not strengthens – our military. I will introduce legislation and will fight to overturn this discriminatory decision."

Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted a response saying, "President Trump needs to wake up. We want an inclusive society. God bless all who want to serve our nation, regardless of gender identity."

Last year, the Pentagon ended the ban on transgender service members being able to serve openly.

They were allowed to receive medical care and formally change their gender.

Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delayed a plan by six months to allow transgender recruits to enlist in the armed services.

There are as many as 250 current service members in the process of transitioning, according to several defense officials.

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