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The recent announcement on Twitter by President Trump that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military [1]" is an insult to all of the brave transgender individuals currently serving in the military with honor and courage. It is, in fact, discrimination of the worst kind and must not become actual U.S. policy.

The road to diversity and inclusion in the military has been long and hard [2], and just as we were beginning to see the signs of military finally becoming a place of equality – with women and the LGBT community finally being able to serve openly and proudly – this idea of banning people from serving their country because of their gender identity is an enormous step backward.

There are many other countries that allow transgender individuals to serve openly in their military units [3], and those service members do so proudly and courageously. If Trump's proposal to ban people from the military who willingly want to serve their country would be put in place, it would affect thousands of current active-duty service members and untold future military recruits [4].

President Trump needs to change his decision about transgender individuals serving in the military, and the Secretary of Defense, the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and other military officials [5] need to step up and be a voice for these service members who are now being discriminated against. Our military strength relies on its cohesiveness, but that falls apart if we have bias and prejudice instead of inclusion and tolerance.

Sign the Petition and tell President Trump that transgender troops are a good thing, and no one who wants to serve should be banned from serving in the military! End the discrimination now!

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President Donald J. Trump:

Your recent announcement on Twitter wanting to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military is discrimination, doesn't have the support of our military leaders, and certainly does not have the support of the American people.

Someone's gender identity, just like their race, sex, or orientation, should never be grounds for prejudice and should certainly never bar anyone who wants to wear the uniform and serve their country from doing so. America is a country of tolerance, acceptance, freedom, and equality – our military needs to live up to those same basic principles.

Many other nations – our allies around the world – allow people of all orientations and identities to serve openly and proudly in their militaries. How can we not live up to that same basic standard of equality? How can our military fight for freedom all over the world if there isn't freedom within the military itself?

Thousands of proud American service members would be affected by banning transgender individuals from serving in the military. Would the active duty transgender troops currently serving be discharged? What about service members who begin to question their gender identity after enlisting? Not only would the ban be unjustified discrimination, it's also impractical and unfeasible.

Transgender individuals have just as much right to serve and just as much to give to their country. No one should ever be discriminated against for who they are, especially the brave patriots who are willing to serve their country. You must allow transgender individuals to serve openly and proudly in the United States military!


Petition Signatures

Aug 15, 2018 Terri Robb
Aug 15, 2018 Deb Herath
Jul 19, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jul 17, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Jul 15, 2018 Delvia Logan
Jul 15, 2018 Ianto Anglesey,, VoteVets.orgm,,,, #TransRightsAreHumanRights
Jul 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2018 Susan Hanlon
Jun 25, 2018 Valerie Brown
Jun 14, 2018 Leslie Poms
Jun 14, 2018 Margaret Brown
Jun 11, 2018 Quentin Fischer
Jun 11, 2018 Paula Hornibrook They are good AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
Jun 11, 2018 Dawn Olsen
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 1, 2018 Heidi Steffy
May 22, 2018 Lynn Ronconi
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 9, 2018 Patty Currey
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 8, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 8, 2018 barbara gale
May 7, 2018 Marly Wexler
May 5, 2018 Bonnie Steiger They're better soldiers than you ever were, Right,, you neer were. How dare you judge your betters?
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Deborah Croft
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 tammy bullock
Apr 6, 2018 Deborah Boychuk
Apr 6, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 27, 2018 nathalie fromont
Mar 26, 2018 Leah Helmer
Mar 25, 2018 Marilyn Williams These transgender people are brave enough to sacrifice their health, limbs and their lives for their country. Give them the respect all service member deserve.
Mar 24, 2018 c. martinez
Mar 24, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Mar 24, 2018 Jodi Abel
Mar 24, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 24, 2018 RICK CLARK
Mar 23, 2018 Jane Rigney
Mar 22, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 21, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Mar 13, 2018 Kathleen Shabi
Mar 5, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 5, 2018 Mark Turner
Feb 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Kathryn Gallagher

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