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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!

Signed,

Petition Signatures


Sep 15, 2017 Toni Ostroskie
Sep 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Martha Eberle ** VOLUNTEERS to protect our country -- how dare you insult their patriotism. Shame. Reverse this decision which is clearly discriminatory and unAmerican. **
Sep 9, 2017 Peggy Van Sickle
Sep 8, 2017 George Anderson
Sep 8, 2017 jane cook
Sep 8, 2017 natalie hughes
Sep 7, 2017 Jessica McGuire
Sep 5, 2017 Christiane Santos
Sep 3, 2017 Francesca Nicoletti
Aug 29, 2017 Goldie Antelman
Aug 28, 2017 Rachel Rakaczky
Aug 28, 2017 Jessica Calosci
Aug 27, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Aug 26, 2017 Kathi Ridgway
Aug 25, 2017 Leslie Cassidy
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Gary Schneider
Aug 24, 2017 Kathleen Duffus
Aug 24, 2017 Alison Grugle
Aug 23, 2017 Iris Chynoweth
Aug 23, 2017 Larissa -
Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2017 Sarah Robinson
Aug 22, 2017 Darren Frale
Aug 22, 2017 Lois Hemm
Aug 22, 2017 Mary Jean Sharp
Aug 22, 2017 L Weekly
Aug 22, 2017 Anna Winroope
Aug 21, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri President Trump: 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!
Aug 21, 2017 Anna-Rosa Baker
Aug 21, 2017 Jeanine Smegal
Aug 21, 2017 Hazel Sharrad
Aug 21, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE
Aug 21, 2017 Valerie Baksa-Cato
Aug 21, 2017 allison alberts
Aug 21, 2017 Anne Bekkers
Aug 21, 2017 Gary Elshaw
Aug 20, 2017 Dena Shelangoski
Aug 20, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 20, 2017 Susan Closson
Aug 20, 2017 bev boykan
Aug 20, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Aug 20, 2017 Caryn Graves
Aug 20, 2017 S.R.A. Miller I am a veteran (US Navy retired, 20 years service), and I say LET THEM SERVE.
Aug 20, 2017 Maeryn Boirionnach
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 R. Beaton
Aug 20, 2017 Nicola Nicolai
Aug 20, 2017 S M

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