'Is Transgender a Mental Illness?' - Trump's Transgender Military Tweets Spark Rise in Mental Illness Searches

Trump declared in a short series of tweets on Wednesday that he has decided to ban transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US military.

"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," he wrote. 
Though it's unclear if Trump's tweets will lead to actual policy changes, his apparent decision could affect thousands now serving in the military as well as many military hopefuls.

Trump's words have caused a steep increase in Google searches for terms such as "is transgender a mental illness?", "transgender bible", "Christian view transgender", and "is transgender wrong?"

As recently as the 1980s, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Since then, public opinion has shifted to reflect increasing acceptance of homosexuality and homosexuals. This shift can…

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