McEachin Statement on Trump's Transgender Military Ban

August 25, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and longtime advocate for LGBT rights, issued this statement in response to President Trump’s transgender military ban:

“The current President of the United States is a daily disappointment.

“The Trump Administration regularly abuses the powers granted by the Constitution by supporting an agenda of hate, bigotry, and xenophobia. This ban on transgender individuals serving in the military is the latest in a long list of actions that hurt anyone who isn’t born a white, heterosexual man. In eight months, Mr. Trump and his administration have rolled back decades of progress on issues of equality, justice, civil rights, and countless other priorities.

“Together with Representatives Kennedy and Jayapal, joined by dozens of our colleagues, I will send a letter next week that urges the president to reconsider his ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces. Mr. Trump has used hate, not facts, to justify this baseless, un-American ban. A study commissioned by the Department of Defense confirmed that medical costs for transgender servicemembers would be negligible. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said the Department of Defense should ‘measure each policy decision against one critical standard: will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force?’  Based on that standard, there is no rational basis to prevent transgender Americans from serving.

“Instead of working to be a Commander-in-Chief who ensures America has the best qualified armed forces, Mr. Trump has chosen instead to attack a group of service members who have done nothing but be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect their country.”

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