In the early morning hours on July 26th Trump tweeted 3 times in succession, in full stating: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” The costs of the approximately 15,000 U.S. transgender soldiers has been estimated at $2.4 – $8.4 million annually, representing at the most 0.0013% of the defense budget. To further put this cost into perspective, a Government Accountability Office report determined that Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago golf club cost taxpayers about $3.6 million each. At that rate, Trump’s 11 Mar-a-Lago trips already taken as President have cost taxpayers about $39.6 million – over 4 times more than the highest transgender soldier cost estimate. Sign this petition to stop Trump’s ban on transgender military service.
This week we supported the Transgender Law Center (TLC), whose work reforms law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. TLC’s many programs include TRUTH, a national trans and gender nonconforming youth storytelling campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for youth to share their stories in their own words. Recent TLC legal victories include a unanimous Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing transgender student Ash Whitaker to use the boys’ restrooms, and a settlement backed by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for a federal worker in Texas who was denied health care coverage.
We believe that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Trump’s treatment of our transgender community is despicable and unjust. To attack soldiers who serve our nation, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe, is unbelievably wrong. We all need to stand up and speak out in support of our transgender citizens–especially for those who serve in our military. They need to know, more than ever before, that we are proud of them and and are grateful to them.