5 Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Military Ban

Aug 11, 2017

By Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON — Five transgender people serving in the United States military sued President Trump and top Pentagon officials on Wednesday, asking that transgender troops be allowed to stay in the military.

The lawsuit was filed in response to Mr. Trump’s ban abruptly announcedlast month on Twitter.

The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit under pseudonyms — “Jane Doe” Nos. 1-5 — in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was organized by two rights groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD.

Other rights groups — like Lambda, Outserve and the American Civil Liberties Union — have also said they are preparing lawsuits but are holding off until the Trump administration takes a step to put the ban into effect, such as issuing formal guidance to the military or beginning the process of changing military rules.

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One comment on “5 Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Military Ban”

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41808561

    A US federal judge has temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s attempt to bar transgender people from the military.

    District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly overruled a presidential memo issued by Mr Trump, which sought to reverse an Obama administration policy change.

    Ms Kollar-Kotelly’s injunction returns the US military to the status quo – allowing transgender personnel to serve openly and new recruits to join up.

    The case was filed against in August by a group of unnamed plaintiffs.

    The judge agreed with the plaintiffs’ assertion that the president’s directives were “not genuinely based on legitimate concerns regarding military effectiveness or budget constraints, but are instead driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally”.

    She went on to say that the president’s reasons for seeking to ban transgender personnel in July “do not appear to be supported by any facts” and had been rejected by the military.

    So just another bit Trump “Make it up as you go along” bigotry, and pandering to bigots!

    Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled against a second injunction sought by the plaintiffs, over a Trump directive prohibiting the use of military resources to fund sex reassignment surgical procedures.

    She said the court did not have jurisdiction to grant the injunction because no plaintiff demonstrated that they would be substantially affected by the prohibition.

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