American Military Partner Association, OutServe-SLDN, and SPART*A blast the administration’s continued discrimination against trans servicemembers
WASHINGTON – Tonight, the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military advocates responded to the heinous and continued push from the Trump-Pence Administration to implement their discriminatory transgender military ban. Implementation details for the ban were released tonight. However, six separate federal courts have blocked implementation, and barring further court action, the administration cannot implement it.
“The Trump-Pence administration’s continued insistence on targeting our military families for discrimination is appalling, reckless, and unpatriotic,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, President of the American Military Partner Association and spouse of an active duty U.S. Army officer. “Donald Trump and Mike Pence are literally wreaking havoc on the lives of our military families. Military experts thoroughly studied this issue and found transgender service members should be able to serve openly with dignity and honor and receive the full support they need and deserve. This unconscionable attack on our military families cannot stand — we refuse to allow it.”
“This policy is a thinly-veiled and feeble attempt by the Trump-Pence administration to justify the unnecessary discrimination of qualified patriots in order to advance their own personal agendas and in defiance of the administration’s top military leadership. This plan is riddled with blatant animus, bigotry, and ignorance but conveniently void of any foundational bases or facts,” said Matt Thorn, President & CEO of OutServe-SLDN.“We are calling this what it is – an attempt to legitimize an unwarranted and unnecessary attack that targets individuals who have volunteered their lives in support of this country. A vast majority of this country affirms that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve. Alongside our co-counsel, Lambda Legal, we will continue to push for equity and justice and block this unjustifiable animus against the transgender military community through our nation’s judicial systems. To all our transgender brethren, I want to reiterate – you are not a burden and we got your six.”
“As transgender service members, we are and have always been Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen first. We serve our country honorably, in good faith” said Blake Dremann, President of SPART*A. “Transgender service members are currently deployed to various locations around the world in defense of our nation. They have been doing their jobs despite those who are attempting to remove them. Proving they are fully capable of doing the job they are called to do, the average transgender service member has eight years of service and served two or more deployments. There is no justification for a ban, and there is no justification for leaving our country without service members who are capable and performing their duties to the standards set forth by our commanders.”
OutServe-SLDN and Lambda Legal are currently representing the American Military Partner Association, Human Rights Campaign, Gender Justice League, and nine individual plaintiffs in Karnoski v. Trump — one of four lawsuits challenging the transgender military ban in court.