Harming Our Troops

On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s transgender service member ban. A study done by the RAND Corporation (a non-partisan organization) and focused on Israel and three other countries (Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom), found that none of these countries’ militaries reported a negative impact on military cohesion nor readiness to serve.

On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s transgender service member ban. The 39-page lawsuit states that the ban violates both Equal Protection and Due Process guarantees under the U.S. Constitution, because it singles out transgender people for unequal and discriminatory treatment. On that same day, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, along with Outserve Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLN) also filed a legal challenge. (Note: Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and National Center for Lesbian Rights had filed a legal challenge to Trump’s proposed ban on twitter [July 26]prior to the White House issuing guidance on Aug. 25.

Despite promises to the contrary during the 2016 Presidential Election campaign, the Trump Administration has been anything but friendly to the LGBT community, as evident in the Department of Justice’s rescission of guideline protecting transgender students from discrimination in school regarding bathrooms, the Administration’s support of policies and practices that would allow discrimination against LGBT in the name of religion, the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, whose previous legal opinions indicate an antipathy towards LGBT relationships, and now this.

While we can be outraged, appalled and feel disheartened by this most blatant attack upon the transgender community, t one that clearly harms and disrespects the thousands of patriotic transgender military personnel who have put their lives on the line for the safety and security of our country, it is also very important that we speak out against this policy- to our friends, to our family members, to our colleagues who assured us that we had nothing to fear from this presidential administration. And the best way to do this is to by making sure we are well informed about the facts.

– The guidance from Trump Administration (that impacts thousand of peoples’ lives and the security of our country) has been boiled down to a 2.5-page memo that directs Defense Secretary to come up a with a policy to determine the fitness of currently serving transgender service members, based on their “deployability” (can they serve in a war zone and engage in military exercises or function on a ship for months?). The directive also halts any payments for transgender related medical treatment and bars any recruitment or new enlistment of transgender service members. Continue reading on Pride Source.