The Trump Administration has released a plan to implement its policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the US Military—a policy that’s currently blocked by the courts.
The administration signaled its implementation plan would be largely identical to that originally announced over Twitter by President Trump last summer.
At this point, four separate courts have ruled against the ban, in all cases saying it was not valid military policy, but outright and indefensible discrimination. This cleared the way for transgender Americans to officially and openly begin enlisting on January 1st of this year.
Several senators, including veterans John McCain (R-AZ) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), have spoken against the proposed ban. In a July 2017, McCain said “There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military, regardless of their gender identity.”
This ban is simply an attempt from the Trump administration to create a climate of divisiveness and discrimination, using the lives and livelihoods of transgender troops.
“There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military, regardless of their gender identity.” —US Sen. John McCain
While the federal government is determined to target transgender people for discrimination. In New Hampshire, we have the opportunity to do the opposite, by passing HB 1319 to explicitly protect transgender people from discrimination.
New Hampshire lawmakers may not be able to undo this attack on transgender American heroes, but they can say clearly: New Hampshire is a welcoming state, where we will not tolerate unfair treatment of our transgender friends and neighbors.
They can do that right now by passing HB 1319 to update our Law Against Discrimination to explicitly protect transgender Granite Staters from discrimination. Sign our pledge of support for HB 1319.