Palm Center Responds to Announcement that House Will Vote on Transgender Military Service
Resolution Condemns Trump Ban, Urges Pentagon Not to Discriminate
San Francisco, CA- Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin issued the following statement in response to reports that the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution opposing President Trump’s transgender ban next week:
“We commend the House of Representatives on the important issue of inclusive military service. Congressional leaders of both parties, along with military leaders across the board, and 70 percent of the public, all favor letting patriotic transgender Americans serve their country. It’s only the smallness of Donald Trump’s political calculations that stands in the way.”
The resolution, which was authored by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and has 187 co-sponsors, states that the House “strongly opposes President Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces” and “urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate President Trump’s ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces and to maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the Armed Forces.”
All five service chiefs have told Congress that they have experienced no problems with unit cohesion during the first two years of open transgender service, and senior and retired medical and military figures, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Michael Mullen, have said inclusive service promotes readiness.
Two recent polls, by Quinnipiac and Dalia Research, found that 70 % of respondents favor allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military.