'Biology is not bigotry': conservative writers react to ban on trans troops

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In his weekly weekly guide to conservative articles worth reading to expand your thinking, Jason Wilson highlights responses to Trump’s divisive tweets

For Trump’s opponents, this week’s tweets announcing a ban on transgender troops in the US military encapsulated everything that appalls them about the president. It wasn’t just the substance of the announcement; it was also its motive: in essence, the tweets were a sop to socially conservative legislators who might otherwise have held up his agenda (on this, Politico’s report from behind the scene is a must read).

Many conservatives, however, have decided that this is a hill they are prepared to die on. The broad social acceptance of homosexuality, and the legality of same sex marriage, has made the political scapegoating of lesbians, gays and bisexuals tricky. This has put transgender folks in the crossfire of the culture wars, as attested by bathroom bills, ceaseless transphobic vilification in conservative media and now Trump’s ban, which, among other things, will put out and serving trans troops in a hideous position.

Related: ‘Ready to fight’: Transgender troops and veterans hit back over Trump ban

Related: The Guardian view on Trump’s transgender military ban: sad

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