With Three Tweets President Trump Cruelly Threatens Trans Service Members With Rank Discrimination

In a series of tweets this morning, President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a cruel and dangerous reversal in policy on transgender individuals serving in the military. Claiming that “[o]ur military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory,” Trump falsely suggested that transgender individuals were too costly and disruptive to continue serving.

The announcement came as a surprise to everyone, including, it seems, the Pentagon.

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In fact, just a year ago, the Department of Defense ended the ban on open transgender service, explaining:

“This policy was crafted through a comprehensive and inclusive process that included the leadership of the Armed Services, medical and personnel experts across the Department, transgender Service members, outside medical experts, advocacy groups, and the RAND Corporation.”

Apparently that extensive work over many years and across many areas of expertise was reversed in a matter of minutes — over Twitter.

Indeed, contrary to Trump’s suggestion on Twitter, retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in Congress just last week that inclusion of transgender individuals in the military promoted readiness and caused no disruption or cost. He explained that “[t]he military conducted a thorough research process on this issue and concluded that inclusive policy for transgender troops promotes readiness” and urged Congress “to respect the military’s judgment and not to breach the faith of service members who defend our freedoms.”

Congress ultimately rejected a proposal to ban health coverage for transgender servicemembers and dependents. As Mullen noted, “Thousands of transgender Americans are currently serving in uniform and there is no reason to single out these brave men and women and deny them the medical care that they require.”

This is not about cost. This is not about readiness or a strong military. Today’s announcement is about targeting, demonizing, and endangering a group of people who are risking their lives every day for our country.

To the thousands of trans people currently serving in the military and to the thousands more who love and support them, we will not stop fighting. If the military reverses its existing policies protecting trans service members in response to the president’s tweets, the ACLU is ready to act.

Contact us if you want to explore your options.

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Valerie Carlson

Can this latest horror show be classified as a civil rights violation? If so, what happens next?

Thank you for all that you do!

Anonymous

If trans people want to be cannon fodder to get salary and benefits that's fine with me but it seems so crazy to take people in who haven't gone through that serious process of changing their sex. And if they will take women for facelifts then I might change my mind

Anonymous

Your understanding of transgenderism is woefully lacking. I recommend you read some scholarly articles by psychiatric experts before suggesting that SRS is somehow analogous to a facelift. One Tomahawk cruise missile costs more than $800K, so I don’t beleive that SRS was likely to be a big line item in the Pentagon’s budget.

Anonymous SGT(P...

I feel fairly lucky. I just decided to separate from the army instead of reenlisting. I joined the Army well before I ever really learned what being transgender is, and how it affects me. I never intended to join and suck of gov't funds for my own personal reasons. I wanted to serve. I've always wanted to serve, and I've done my very best to ensure my personal life and issues didn't influence my duty. I'm deciding to separate because I feel I'm ready to move on with life, and that decision will apparently make it much easier now to. Not having to push through this drawback somehow and fresh contract, probably would of owed the gov't tens of thousands of dollars in bonus.I waited and waited and waited for the repeal to be official before asking anyone about it. I don't want to waste anyone's time or effort, but you learn about professional selfishness at some point. Where it becomes best to take care of yourself (for any reason) in order to make the unit better. I'm really disappointed by this random inject, and I feel for my brothers and sisters who will have to suffer this earlier/premature separation because of it.

Anonymous

MAGA! WTG Trump!

Fred M.

So when Trump says “Make America Great Again,” supporters like you think “again” refers to a time when bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination were commonplace. Have you no shame or sense of decency?

Anonymous

Oh Fred quit being a snowflake and try to (finally) get over Hillary's loss...

Anonymous

45 and his supporters are the only ones who bring up Hillary, Have you noticed that Fred? It's so sad, can't they move on and fix the disaster they put in office?

Kara

You must be a white man. Shut up, your privilege is showing & no one is interested.

Anonymous

MAGA = Morons Are Governing America

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