Boise, ID—On Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted to the nation and world that “…the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The following statement can be attributed to Leo Morales, executive director for the ACLU of Idaho:
“All members of our military deserve better from the Commander-in-Chief. To make a statement that could lead to discriminatory practice is a blatant attack on individuals who have pledged allegiance to our nation in protecting our freedom and liberty. His statement goes against the established military policy of inclusion and protection of every service member.
Trans community members, know that we are with you. If you experience discrimination, harassment or bullying, let us know. File a complaint at: https://action.aclu.org/secure/report-lgbthiv-discrimination
Though there is no formal policy that has been solidified, the President does, indeed, serve as our commander-in-chief for the military. His decision not only affects individuals who are interested in serving our country; his decision will impact the 15,500 individuals who are already serving in the military.
We are not staying silent and will stand up against any form of discrimination. The ACLU has a strong history in fighting for LGBTQ equality. This is one more fight we will take on.”