Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Just Got Slapped With A Lawsuit The Huffington Post ^ | August 9, 2017 | James Michael Nichols

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Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Just Got Slapped With A Lawsuit
The Huffington Post ^ | August 9, 2017 | James Michael Nichols

Posted on 8/9/2017, 1:03:11 PM by 2ndDivisionVet

Lawyers from two prominent LGBTQ advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of five transgender service members with almost 60 years of combined military service.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed the suit, Doe v. Trump, in response to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets calling for a full ban on transgender people serving in the United States military. The ACLU filed a separate lawsuit on Wednesday.

“Trump’s directive to exclude transgender people from military service has created a tidal wave of harms that have already been felt throughout our armed services,” Shannon Minter, a transgender legal expert and NCLR Legal Director, said in a statement sent to HuffPost. “Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families. The President’s mistreatment of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces.”

According to a press release, the five plaintiffs have served in the Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Army.

The biggest questions to be raised from Trump’s discriminatory directive stem from the thousands of openly transgender people already serving in the United States military ― many of them overseas. A recent study suggests that there are currently between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender individuals actively serving in the U.S. military.

The suit refers prominently to Defense Department’s decision in 2016 to allow transgender people to serve openly…..

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