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.”