Stop President Trump’s Discriminatory Attack on Transgender Troops Who Have Volunteered Their Lives for Our Country.
On August 25, 2017, President Trump issued a directive that bars transgender people from serving in the military. Two identical bipartisan Senate and House bills would reverse the effects of this ban by ensuring
that no service member can be terminated or denied the services they need on account of their gender identity. Click here to urge Congress to pass this legislation that will protect the Fifth Amendment Rights of transgender individuals.
Under the Obama Administration, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted a prior ban on transgender persons serving in the military as of June 30, 2016. Since then, transgender people have been serving openly in all branches of the United States military, including on active duty in combat zones. Transgender individuals have been permitted to enlist in the military since January 2018.
On August 25, 2017, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum on Military Service by Transgender Individuals to ban transgender people from serving openly.
Multiple lawsuits were filed in Federal District Courts alleging that the president’s proposed ban on military service for transgender people violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fifth Amendment.
Several Federal District Courts issued injunctions to prevent the ban from taking effect while cases challenging the policy make their way through the court system.
On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request to allow it to bar most transgender people from serving in the military while these are being litigated. As a result, many transgender service members will face discharges.
A bipartisan, legislative solution would be the fastest way to right this unjust policy.