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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

Feb 20, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Feb 13, 2018 Kathi Aker
Feb 13, 2018 Mariah MacCarthy
Feb 13, 2018 Erik Bjarnar
Feb 9, 2018 trysha a
Feb 9, 2018 Jack Adams
Feb 8, 2018 Becky Anderson
Feb 8, 2018 Joan Autry Trans people are Americans and deserve to serve our country with honor.
Feb 8, 2018 Ellen O'Connor
Feb 6, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 6, 2018 Robert Furem
Feb 4, 2018 miriam feehily
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 30, 2018 Barbara Leary
Jan 25, 2018 Valerie Romero
Jan 24, 2018 Walter Johnson
Jan 20, 2018 Myrna Alvarado
Jan 14, 2018 Heidi Wollum
Jan 6, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Jan 6, 2018 Linda Hanchett
Jan 6, 2018 Jerry Day
Dec 11, 2017 Jodi Ford
Dec 7, 2017 Laura Harris
Dec 7, 2017 p fuller
Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 19, 2017 CINDY COLLIER
Nov 15, 2017 Renee McKenzie
Nov 13, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 12, 2017 Jutta Scherkowsky
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 12, 2017 julue welle
Nov 11, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 10, 2017 Jennifer Hall
Nov 10, 2017 Joanne Franchi
Nov 4, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore
Oct 31, 2017 Patricia Poole Trump seems determined to destroy America not to make it great again !!!!! What is wrong with this robot:::
Oct 30, 2017 Tina Pelton
Oct 30, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2017 Richard Batten
Oct 23, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Oct 16, 2017 Jodie Dow
Oct 15, 2017 Sara DuBois
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Rick Harvey
Oct 15, 2017 Jane Leavitt
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Sep 22, 2017 Amy Heicher

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