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TLDEF Responds to President Trump's Announced Ban on Transgender Military Service

July 26, 2017

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Responds to President Trump's Announced Ban on Transgender Military Service

New York, NY - Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today responded to the statement by the President that "...the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," citing concerns that are clearly disproven by the evidence.

Statement from Transgender Legal Executive Director, Jillian Weiss

"Transgender people have always been in the military, and always will be. Studies show they serve in the military at about twice the rate of the rest of the population. What the President really means is that transgender people will not be allowed to be open about their service, and will have to serve in silence and fear, as gay and lesbian people did in previous years. There are many important issues now facing our country. Jobs, infrastructure, immigration, access to healthcare and civil rights -- these are real issues. There are even serious questions at the highest levels of government about whether our elections have been tainted by foreign influences. Banning transgender people in the military is not one of these, and can only serve as a distraction from the real problems we face." ... more