Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Advocacy groups sue Trump over proposed transgender military ban

Advocacy groups sue Trump over proposed transgender military ban

With just three tweets, Trump declared an all-out assault on the thousands of courageous transgender troops already serving our country with valor, and those who wish to serve.

The groups suing Trump, however, say their clients have already been harmed because they no longer have a reasonable expectation they can continue serving.

Said Davidson: "There is absolutely no reason except for bigotry to not allow these people to continue to serve..."

In the wake of Trump's ban tweet, Dunford issued a letter explaining the policy would not be changed until the White House issued additional "guidance", leaving an Obama administration policy that allows transgender people to openly serve in effect, for now.

Each of the five anonymous transgender plaintiffs behind the lawsuit, whose identifies are withheld for fear of retribution, serve in various capacities in the armed forces. "Basically, said a source, 'the administration wants to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can, '" the Washington Blade reports.

The plaintiffs' stories offer a glimpse of some of the consequences such a ban would have on the lives on transgender service members.

"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. A study conducted by Rand Corp. has estimated that around 2,500 transgender personnel may be serving in the active duty military, and 1,500 in the reserves.

"The President's order to remove transgender service members from the United States armed forces is nothing less than a purge".

After a lengthy internal review, the Defense Department lifted the longstanding ban a year ago and allowed transgender people to serve openly in all branches of the military, and to seek hormone treatment and other procedures at military hospitals.

Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD's transgender rights project, said in a statement the service of each of these transgender troops is valuable and the nation would be hurt by removing them.

The White House press office and the Department of Defense didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

However, they have not yet disclosed when it will be filed or who they are representing.

Besides Trump, the named defendants include Dunford, Sec. of Defense James Mattis, Sec. of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, as well as various branches of the military and their respective secretaries as defendants.

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