Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Transgender service members sue over Trump ban

Transgender service members sue over Trump ban

In a series of tweets, because that's how presidential proclamations are delivered these days, President Trump barred all transgender individuals from serving in the military. Several LGBT groups are waiting to see what sort of policy the Trump administration would create to repeal the 2016 rules before taking further action. While trans service members would be allowed to continue to serve, this policy would not offer protection from harassment or other efforts pushing them to quit.

On Monday, The Washington Post published an extensive report measuring public opinion on this topic in all 50 states and D.C. It revealed that the majority of Americans in every state oppose Trump's discriminatory ban and support transgender people serving openly in the military.

"Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families", said Shannon Minter, a transgender legal expert and NCLR Legal Director, in a statement. Trump's tweets last week announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the us military was turned into a "guidance" policy for implementation that passed muster with the White House Counsel's office Friday night. The military lifted in its prior ban on transgender service in June 2016.

"This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy", the officers said.

"Plaintiffs have served honorably and successfully in the military since coming out as transgender, and their transgender status has not had any detrimental effect on their ability to serve or to fulfill their duties".

"The President's mistreament of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces". "We can't afford to lose a single one of them".

More than 50 House Democrats sent a letter urging Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford Jr.to reject the "unconstitutional directive".

OutServe-SLDN, an LGBT legal services and watchdog organization, has announced they will be filing a lawsuit along Lambda Legal to challenge the upcoming policy.

Plaintiffs are also represented by lawyers from the firms Foley Hoag and WilmerHale, the latter being the firm of Jamie Gorelick, who has represented Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on various matters related to their White House roles.

The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request from BuzzFeed News to comment on the complaint's allegations or whether a specific policy was in the works.

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