In a vote of 238 to 185, the U.S. House shows bipartisan support for transgender service members
Today, the nation’s top three LGBTQ military organizations — the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), OutServe-SLDN and SPARTA — responded to a bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives in support of transgender service members. Condemning the Trump-Pence administration’s transgender military ban, the non-binding resolution was sponsored by U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) and was co-sponsored by 218 representatives. The resolution was passed by a vote of 238 to 185, including support from both sides of the aisle. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that the transgender military ban will go into effect on April 12.
“While non-binding, this vote sends a powerful message to our transgender service members and their families that the United States House of Representatives stands with them in the face of this administration’s unconscionable discrimination,” said American Military Partner Association (AMPA) President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “Transgender service members bravely serve our nation openly and proudly as their authentic selves, proving time and again that what matters is their ability to accomplish the mission — not their gender identity. We urge the Senate to also stand with these brave American warriors and their families as this administration shamefully singles them out for discrimination.”
“Passage of this resolution signals to our transgender siblings-in-arms, veterans, and hopeful recruits that our House of Representatives stands with them and supports their open service during a time in which their Commander-in-Chief is actively working to prevent the same,” said OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Andy Blevins. “These selfless patriots, who happen to be transgender, have proven time and again that they are qualified, able, and willing to honorably continue their military service. We applaud the leaders that voted in favor of this Resolution and look forward to working alongside them as we solidify authentic service for all qualified individuals once and for all.”
“The only thing that has ever been asked for by any minority group is the opportunity to meet unbiased standards and then succeed or fail based on our own merits,” said SPARTA President Blake Dremann. “The moral arc of our military and our Nation must continue to bend towards justice and opportunity for all who are qualified, capable, and willing to serve. We are filled with sorrow as the military we love takes steps to discriminate against transgender Service members. And yet, today we watched the U.S. House of Representatives recognize the value of a diverse military which attracts and retains the best and brightest our country has to offer, including brave transgender Americans. We are hopeful that a similar effort will be shown by the U.S. Senate to recognize those same contributions and that once again transgender people are able to wear the sacred cloth of our Nation, receive medically necessary care, and be in position to continue their distinguished service as proud, proficient warfighters.”