It was the big headline of the day Wednesday — Trump bans transgender people from the military.
In a three-part tweet Wednesday, President Trump made a landmark announcement about transgender citizens serving in the military: “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 backlash was hard-hitting. Politicians ripped into the president, as did celebrities and LGBT activists like Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner).
Civil rights activist groups GLAAD and the ACLU both spoke out against the policy, with the former characterizing it as a “direct attack” on transgender Americans.
“His administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government — even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”
The ACLU put forth a powerful stance, as well, questioning both the motivation for and logistical justification to Trump’s mandate.
“This is an outrageous and desperate action. The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander-in-chief who rejects their basic humanity. Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country.
“The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country. There is no basis for turning trans people away from our military and the ACLU is examining all of our options on how to fight this. For any trans service member affected by today’s announcement: Please get in touch with us, because we want to hear from you,” the organization’s statement read.
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