US Democrat Presidential nominees have gotten behind the trans community following US federal court green lighting Trump Administration’s proposed ban on trans people joining the military.
Senators Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris took to Twitter calling the proposed ban destructive, hateful and a threat to US security and values.
If it goes ahead the ban will prevent any one not living in their gender assigned at birth from joining the military. Not only that, any current military personnel will be discharged if they come out as trans effectively forcing them to remain in their birth assigned gender if they want to continue to serve.
Senator Kamala Harris said the policy would create uncertainty for trans members of the military as it inevitably leads to multiple ongoing lawsuits. She also said it the Administration was undermining their rights.
Taking to Twitter Senator Kamala Harris tweeted, “This Administration is barging straight ahead with their despicable ban, turning their backs on those who want to serve our nation. Transgender members of our military don’t deserve this uncertainty.”
LGBTQ experts say, however, the White House may be too keen to impose the ban as the mandate has not been issued and the underlying injunction remains.
Shannon Minter from the National Centre for Lesbian Rights said the government is wrong.
“The injunction remains in effect until the mandate issues, and that clearly has not happened. The Court of Appeals has gone out of its way to give the plaintiffs an opportunity to seek rehearing en banc before the mandate issues and the injunction is dissolved.”