At Rally for Transgender Rights in Manchester, Anger at Trump’s Military Ban Tweet

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Letter: Stand up for state’s transgender community

July 29, 2017 by admin
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Hundreds gather for transgender equality rally in Manchester

July 29, 2017 by admin
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Transgender Granite Staters shocked by president’s tweets

July 26, 2017 by admin
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Trump Tweets Announcement of Federal Ban on Transgender Service Members

July 26, 2017 by admin

This morning, America woke up to anti-transgender tweets from President Trump that could have real negative impact on the lives of transgender service members across the nation.

Top national headlines are reporting this a reinstatement of the ban on transgender service members.

In 2016, the Pentagon adopted policy officially lifting the ban on transgender service members currently in the military. The policy also specified that transgender people not already enlisted would be allowed to join after a one-year implementation period.

That period was supposed to end at the beginning of this month. But in June, military officials extended the one-year implementation period by an additional six months—citing the need “to allow them time to review the impact on “the readiness and lethality of our forces.”

“Like all service members, those who are transgender go to work everyday, putting their lives on the line to defend our nation and the freedoms and values we hold dear. They should be treated with the same dignity and respect.” -Linds Jakows

In characteristic fashion, Trump’s tweets preceded any formal announcement from the Department of Defense about the extent or implementation of the new ban on transgender service members.

This discriminatory and abrupt policy shift flies in the face of the 15,000 transgender people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. People like Matt Aversa, a veteran who has experienced discrimination first-hand while on the job with the Veterans Affairs Office, after having served for three years in the U.S. Air Force.

Freedom New Hampshire Campaign Manager, Linds Jakows, has condemned the announcement, saying: “This is a clear and open attack on the brave individuals serving in our Armed Forces. Like all service members, those who are transgender go to work everyday, putting their lives on the line to defend our nation and the freedoms and values we hold dear. They should be treated with the same dignity and respect that all of our nation’s military members deserve.”

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Local transgender rights supporters alarmed

July 26, 2017 by admin
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LISTEN: Trump Tweets That Transgender People Banned From U.S. Military

July 26, 2017 by admin
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BREAKING: Trump announces discriminatory ban on transgender service members

July 26, 2017 by admin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2017
Owen Loftus | [email protected]freedomforallamericans.org | 719-406-6564
www.FreedomNewHampshire.org

CONCORD, N.H. — This morning, President Donald Trump announced that he is banning transgender Americans from serving in the United States Armed Forces.

In a series of tweets, Trump stated:

“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”

Since 2016, transgender service members have been allowed to serve openly in the Armed Forces. However, that order did not allow transgender people to enlist until the conclusion of a one-year implementation period that was supposed to end at the beginning of July. However, in June, service chiefs requested a six month delay to study the issue further.

Currently, the U.S. military has 15,000 transgender individuals serving, making it the largest employer of transgender individuals in the nation. Thus far, the Defense Department has not issued a statement on Trump’s tweets. Questions remain regarding how Trump’s discriminatory ban will be enforced.

Linds Jakows, campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire, released the following statement regarding Trump’s abrupt announcement:

“This is a clear and open attack on the brave individuals serving in our Armed Forces. Like all service members, those who are transgender go to work everyday, putting their lives on the line to defend our nation and the freedoms and values we hold dear. They should be treated with the same dignity and respect that all of our nation’s military members deserve.

“Today’s announcement sends an especially concerning message for transgender Granite Staters. Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not explicitly protect transgender residents or visitors from discrimination in housing, employment or public services.

“Freedom New Hampshire is closely monitoring the situation, and remains committed to protecting all New Hampshire’s transgender residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment and public services.”

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Trump Bans Transgender Individuals From Serving In Armed Forces

July 26, 2017 by admin
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WATCH: Hopkinton family shares their transgender journey

July 24, 2017 by admin
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Transgender Veteran Who Moved from North Carolina to New Hampshire Urges Lawmakers to Consider the Economic Cost of Not Passing #TransBillNH

July 4, 2017 by admin

This July 4th, like every Independence Day, we’ll be celebrating the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans—including the freedom to speak out against injustice and discrimination.

This year, Independence Day will be especially poignant for our nation’s transgender veterans, coming as it does on the heels of the 1-year anniversary marking the Defense Department’s decision to end its discriminatory policy prohibiting open service for transgender Americans.

But Independence Day also reminds us of the work that still needs to be done to ensure that everyone, no matter who they are or who they love, has access to the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all Americans. It reminds us that transgender Granite Staters—like Rosaline Aurora—are still not explicitly protected from discrimination in New Hampshire.

Rosaline is a transgender veteran who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a soldier, Rosaline says she fought for all Americans to be able to live the way they choose—a freedom that active service members can now exercise, but that isn’t explicitly protected in her home state.

“As a soldier I fought for the freedoms to live the way we choose, and I am only looking for the same opportunity to do so.” —Rosaline Aurora, Manchester

Still, Rosaline says, she has felt a lot freer, and a lot safer, since she moved to New Hampshire from North Carolina. Rosaline made the decision to leave North Carolina after the state passed its disastrous House Bill 2, a law that bans transgender people from using the restroom that matches the gender they live as everyday.

“I really feared that I would lose my job and my apartment, so I moved up here to be safe and live in peace,” she says.

Even though Rosaline had to leave her job in order to move to New Hampshire, she says it’s been worth it. Now she’s back in school, hoping to get more of the skills she’ll need to compete in the modern workforce.

And the broad coalition of support that she’s seen for #TransBillNH has only made her more confident that she made the right decision to move to New Hampshire.

“Business and representatives should take heed to make New Hampshire a welcoming place for all young people to be judged on the work that they do,” she says, “including those of who are transgender.” —Rosaline

“When I heard [about HB 478], I was extremely hopeful for the future,” she says. “It was reassuring to see faith leaders, law enforcement, doctors and medical associations, women’s groups, and business leaders all supporting this bill.”

Rosaline is sharing her story with Freedom New Hampshire with the hope that it will spur a change for those who may have doubts about passing #TransBillNH. After all, her story of leaving North Carolina for New Hampshire perfectly demonstrates what can happen when states push discriminatory legislation—young, talented workers leave.

“Business and representatives should take heed to make New Hampshire a welcoming place for all young people to be judged on the work that they do,” she says, “including those of who are transgender.”

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Pilot Study Finds Housing Discrimination Against Gay Men, Transgender People

July 2, 2017 by admin
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