White House sued by ACLU over transgender soldiers ban

White House sued by ACLU over transgender soldiers ban

Two lawsuits challenging Donald Trump's trans military ban have been filed.

It described the ban as "cruel" and being based on "myths and stereotypes" and a "desire to harm transgender people".

Mr. Trump announced his initial decision in a tweet last month, saying the federal government "will not accept or allow" transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity" in the military.

This ban is disrespectful and dishonorable to the thousands of transgender men and women who are boldly and bravely serving our country, said Lambda Legal staff attorney Sasha Buchert, a transgender military veteran, in a written statement.

The ACLU sued the administration on behalf of six transgender service members.

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"The fearless transgender men and women who serve our country make our military stronger". Stone uncovered his transgender status to military staff in 2016 after the Defense Department finished up there was no reason for the military to reject transgender administration individuals.

Transgender servicemembers were granted the right to serve openly in June 2016, under President Barack Obama's administration. According to the lawsuit from OutServe-SLDN and Lambda Legal, a White House official told news media President Trump said his announcement "would stop the lawyers from arguing with him anymore" against reinstating a ban on transgender military service.

Both lawsuits want federal courts to permanently block the ban from coming into force. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit, Stone v. Trump, are five transgender troops now in the military representing each of the military branches: Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone, Senior Airman John Doe, Airman First Class Seven Ero George, Petty Officer First Class Teagan Gilbert, and Marine Corps Technical Sergeant Tommie Parker. They say the ban is a discriminatory violation of their constitutional rights to equal treatment and due process.

According to a Rand Corp study issued previous year, there would be "minimal" effect on readiness, with only 10 to 130 active-duty members having reduced deployability because of gender transition-related treatments, the ACLU's suit says.

"The secretaries have no discretion to rewrite policy or create blanket exemptions for classes of service members", the professors wrote in a memo put out by the Palm Center.

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"And we're confirming that going forward we will apply the same general principles, standards, and procedures to transgender service members as we do to all service members", he concluded. By contrast, barring transgender individuals from joining the military and discharging those who are already serving is exceedingly costly and undermines national security and military readiness.

The order requires Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to determine in the coming months how to handle transgender individuals now serving in the military using criteria including "military effectiveness and lethality", budget constraints and law.

The suits were filed in Washington state, the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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