Don't Ban Transgender Troops!

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Trump announced a military ban of transgender troops on Twitter. He can't go through with this!


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!

MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE

1. Edelman, A. (2017, July 26). Trump Bans Transgender People Serving in the Military. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-announces-ban-transgender-people-serving-military-n786621

2. Ferdinando, L. (2016, June 22). Diversity Makes Military Stronger, DoD Panel Says. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/810085/diversity-makes-military-stronger-dod-panel-says/

3. Weinstein on July 27, 2017, A. (2017, July 27). Here Are All The Nations In The World That Let Transgender Troops Serve. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from http://taskandpurpose.com/here-are-all-the-nations-in-the-world-that-let-transgender-troops-serve/

4. Schaefer, A. G., Iyengar, R., Kadiyala, S., Kavanagh, J., Engel, C. C., Williams, K. M., & Kress, A. (2016, June 30). How Might Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly Affect the U.S. Military? Retrieved July 28, 2017, from http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html

5. Fredericks, B. (2017, July 27). Military says it won't immediately alter transgender policy. Retrieved July 28, 2017, from http://nypost.com/2017/07/27/military-says-it-wont-immediately-alter-transgender-policy/

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The Petition:

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,

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