Protect Transgender People in the Military

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Action: Demand that lawmakers defend civil rights of transgender service members.

The White House is reportedly preparing a memo instructing the Defense Department to enforce the president's tweeted ban on transgender people in the military.  This is a flagrant violation of the civil rights of transgender service members.  Let your lawmakers know that it is unacceptable to deny transgender people the right to serve our country in the military. 

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621   Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441   Seattle - 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:
DC - 202-225-3106   Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:
DC - 202-225-8901   Renton - 425-793-5180


“My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [STATE]. I am appalled that Donald Trump is bullying the U.S. military into denying transgender people the right to serve in the military.  On behalf of me and my community, I urge you to protect the rights of transgender service members against this outrageous denial of civil rights.”


"A White House memo that is expected to be sent to the Pentagon in coming days gives Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, six months to enforce the transgender ban that Mr. Trump announced abruptly last month in a series of tweets. . . . Advocates of allowing transgender people to serve openly said the guidance imposed an unacceptable double standard. . . .

“'It is unconscionable that the commander in chief would take aim at his own, loyally serving troops for political reasons at a time when the military needs to focus on real threats,” said Aaron Belkin, the director of the Palm Center, a research institute that had worked with the military to devise its policy on admitting transgender service members.'" (The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2017)


"After Charlottesville, Black Republicans Waver in Their Support for Trump"  - "As the president headed to Phoenix on Tuesday to preach national unity at a campaign-style rally, even ardent supporters in the African-American community said the ties that once connected them to Mr. Trump had frayed badly."