Five Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Ban On Transgender Troops

Five Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Ban On Transgender Troops

Five Transgender Service Members Sue Trump Over Ban On Transgender Troops

Two advocacy groups have filed suit against President Donald Trump on Fifth Amendment grounds after the President said on Twitter that he was directing the nation's military to disallow transgender individuals from military service.

In response to the report, Lambda Legal says it intends to sue Trump over the trans ban, calling the policy in the press release dishonorable to the estimated 15,000 transgender military service members actively serving today.

The lawsuit claims Trump's ban would violate the equal protection and the due process clauses in the Bill of Rights.

In June 2016, after comprehensive review of the issue by military experts and others, the Department of Defense announced that transgender people could serve openly in all branches of the us military.

Late last month, President Trump took it upon himself to declare that the Department of Defense's temporary stay on an Obama-era rule to integrate openly trans civilians into the military would be made permanent.

"The categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service lacks a rational basis, is arbitrary, and can not be justified by sufficient federal interests", the groups argued in their complaint.

Since the military has to recruit and train a replacement for each service member discharged, the authors explain, the total price of a ban was derived by multiplying the number of service members who will be discharged by the cost of recruiting and training a replacement.

"The President's mistreament of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces". And the current report did not include administrative costs and lost time for personnel tasked with rounding up transgender personnel and overseeing their separation, or of legal costs that are sure to mount as service members challenge the Pentagon's effort to purge their ranks in the military. Trump's announcement "upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight", the lawsuit states.

In the suit, they said they informed their commanding officers they are transgender and are undergoing medical treatment related to gender transition. My experience has been positive and I am prouder than ever to continue to serve.

White House guidance on the ban is said to now be in the hands of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The President's three-tweet plan to stop transgender individuals from serving in the military has yet to be formally implemented, but attorneys for the service members have asked a federal court in Washington to block it immediately. One is a U.S. Army soldier who has previously been deployed to Afghanistan and expects deployment soon to Iraq. "But now, I'm anxious about my family's future".

"The damage is happening now", said Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project.

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