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House LGBT Caucus Transgender Equality Task Force Denounces Implementation of Trans Military Ban

Mar 14, 2019
Press Release

420 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20003

Date: March 14, 2019      Contact:  Aliya Bean, (202) 225-2305

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House LGBT Caucus Transgender Equality Task Force Denounces Implementation of Trans Military Ban

Washington D.C. – The LGBT Equality Caucus Transgender Equality Task Force released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense decision to implement the transgender military ban by April 12, 2019. On Tuesday, the Pentagon officially signed the policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the United States military, despite overwhelming opposition. The policy would not only prohibit transgender people from joining the military, but also prohibit any transgender person in the military from living consistent with their gender identity.

“Our nation’s darkest days have always followed a government choice to abandon our founding principle that all Americans are created equal,” said Transgender Equality Task Force Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy III (MA-04). “By choosing to implement a ban on transgender servicemembers, the Department of Defense has ignored science and expert opinion just to allow President Trump’s bigotry to infiltrate our military. To every active duty transgender servicemember and every single transgender American who hopes to one day serve their country, this Task Force and our Congress sees you, hears you, and will never doubt your courage, your identity, or your commitment to this country.”

Please contact Aliya Bean at 202-225-2305 or aliya.bean@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the eight openly LGBT members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

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