Active duty transgender troops sue President Trump over military ban
By Brian Seay
Then-candidate Trump waves a rainbow flag that reads “LGBT’s for Trump” at a rally in Colorado last October. (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Two LGBTQ organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the U.S. military.
In Doe v. Trump, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders are arguing on behalf of five transgender service members in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The suit comes after a series of tweets late last month from the president, in which he claimed to have consulted with “Generals and military experts,” and ultimately decided that the “United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.” The tweets caught some senior members of the military off guard, and the Pentagon has yet to change any of its policies.
Mr. Trump’s announcement came little more than a year after the Pentagon, under former President Obama, lifted a ban on transgender service members. While exact numbers are unknown, the Pentagon estimated in 2016 that there were between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender Americans serving out of 1.3 million active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Plaintiffs in the suit say the