Through a series of tweets Donald Trump put the healthcare and livelihood of hundreds of thousands of transgender active service members1 and veterans2 in jeopardy.
Sign the petition: Tell Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resist Trump’s trans military ban and defend the rights of transgender people from Trump’s hate.
Trump’s decision is sharp reversal from the previous administration’s policy allowing transgender people to serve openly. And more than that, stomps on the civil liberties of transgendered people to make their own decisions about military service or transgender health care as a veteran.
To be clear, transgender people already face huge institutional barriers to health and happiness in this country.4 From employment, housing, healthcare, education, and even using public accommodations, too often trans people, and their protections under law, are ignored, neglected, or disenfranchised. And that’s on top of their disproportionate likelihood of being the victims of violent hate crimes and murder.
Trump is scapegoating an already vulnerable population – a play right out of every schoolyard bully’s and authoritarian dictator’s playbook. And his actions fly in the face of our civil liberties and core American principles.
Tell Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that you expect him to fight back against Trump’s hate-motivated transgender military ban.
1. Alternet, "Trump's Newest Disaster: Discharging Transgender People in Active Military Service Citing Ludicrous and Impractical Data," July 26, 2017.
2. LA Times, "Transgender veterans outraged by Trump's sudden ban on military service," July 26, 2017.
3. The Guardian, "Defense chiefs resist Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops," July 27, 2017.
4. Marketwatch, "For transgender Americans, workplace discrimination isn’t limited to the military," July 26, 2017.