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OutServe-SLDN condemns President Trump's statement on transgender service members

Wednesday, July 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Mueller

OutServe-SLDN condemns President Trump's statement on transgender service members


(Washington, DC) – As the national voice for LGBT service members, OutServe-SLDN condemns today's announcement on open transgender service in the U.S. military. Out-Serve-SLDN’s CEO Matt Thorn issued the follow statement:  “The president's apparently unilateral decision, seemingly developed and announced with no involvement from the nation's military leadership, is discriminatory and wrong. It is, quite simply, un-American to bar a group of people from military service based on one characteristic - in this case, their gender identity.


“Make no mistake, the President may be couching this decision in terms of its alleged financial impact, but that is a red herring. The impact of this decision will be a decline in military readiness and a decrease in the ability of America's fighting force to defend the nation. Our nation's service members deserve our respect, not our ridicule, and certainly not our refusal to allow all Americans who would willingly serve our nation to do so. We will defend the right of all Americans to willingly serve the nation we all love in the courts. We owe the brave transgender service members who defend our country nothing less than the full measure of our respect for the service they dedicate to our nation.


“In his latest example of pseudo-policy-by-twitter, Donald Trump has shown blatant disregard for transgender service members who have been serving openly since October 2016.The disruptive burden to the military comes from indecision in a White House which itself is not focused on victory if it is targeting service members. The readiness, effectiveness, and lethality of the Armed Services comes from the commitment of our troops – not the vagaries and bigotry of exclusionary policies. OutServe-SLDN is committed to transgender service members. We are going to fight for them as hard as they are fighting for the country. We’re going to start by taking the fight to Donald Trump in the Federal Court System.


“To the estimated 15,000 transgender service members currently in the US military, we say, ‘ We see you. We love you. We thank you. But most importantly, we’ve got your back.”

 

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OutServe-SLDN (OS-SLDN) is the largest non-profit, legal services, advocacy and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.

 

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