Saturday, March 24, 2018

Trans Military Under Attack Again

Trump & Pence are at it again attempting to ban our transgender community from military service. Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that bans most transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military but gives the armed forces some latitude in implementing policies. This current action is in defiance of four different challenges in federal courts that have blocked Trump’s ban on open transgender military service from going into effect declaring it appears to be unconstitutional. Trump & Secretary of Defense Mattis’ efforts to modify the implementation of this discriminatory policy does not make it any less unconstitutional. Matt Thorn, President & CEO of OutServe-SLDN stated, “This policy is a thinly-veiled & feeble attempt by the Trump-Pence administration to justify the unnecessary discrimination of qualified patriots in order to advance their own personal agendas & in defiance of the administration’s top military leadership. This plan is riddled with blatant animus, bigotry & ignorance but conveniently void of any foundational bases or facts. We are calling this what it is – an attempt to legitimize an unwarranted & unnecessary attack that targets individuals who have volunteered their lives in support of this country. A vast majority of this country affirms that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve. Alongside our co-counsel, Lambda Legal, we will continue to push for equity & justice & block this unjustifiable animus against the transgender military community through our nation’s judicial systems. To all our transgender brethren, I want to reiterate – you are not a burden & we got your six.” Last Summer in this exclusive podcast I talked to Matt Thorn, President & CEO of OutServe-SLDN about this crucial issue. LISTEN
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