MassEquality Statement on Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON – July 26, 2017 – This morning, President Trump tweeted that “the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” MassEquality Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement regarding the president’s tweets:

“MassEquality joins LGBTQ advocates across the country in condemning the president’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the U.S. military as discriminatory and contrary to our nation's values of equality and justice for all, as enshrined in the Constitution.We are pleased to see prompt bipartisan opposition from members of Congress and a strong public outcry in response to the ban.

“This ill-considered policy reversal affects thousands of patriotic transgender Americans who have bravely and honorably served their country in all branches of the armed forces, leaving their future uncertain. Both the Defense Department and the nonpartisan RAND Corporation studied the impact of transgender troops, and concluded that allowing transgender people to openly serve their country would not affect military readiness or military budgets. The president’s tweets ignore these objective findings in favor of embedding discrimination in U.S. military policies.

“Nearly one in five transgender Americans is serving or has served in the U.S. armed forces—over twice the percentage of the general population. We should gratefully recognize and support their service, not insult and turn our backs on them. Discrimination has no place in our military. The thousands of transgender Americans who risk their lives in defense of our nation deserve to be judged by their qualifications alone and to be allowed serve openly and proudly. Anything else goes against the very values our military exists to protect.”

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MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.