LONDON, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The U.S. military is returning to the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies, said troops and LGBT+ groups, as new rules that will ban most openly transgender people from serving came into effect on Friday.

They said the new policy would force trans military members to choose between transition and their job and result in increased stigma and mental health issues.

“With the implementation of this transgender military ban, our nation is once again shamefully forcing brave American heroes to hide who they are in order to serve,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association.

“By dragging us backward into the dark days of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t

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