Five Transgender Servicemembers Team with GLAD & NCLR to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Military BanBy Adam Polaski • August 9, 2017 • 12:11 pm
Today, the legal teams at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Foley, Hoag LLP and WilmerHale filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s efforts to prohibit open service for transgender military personnel. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, entitled Doe v. Trump, are five transgender service members from the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army with nearly 60 years of combined service in the United States military.
Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, said today:
“The Commander in Chief has said that transgender service members — people who have served our nation with honor and distinction — are no longer welcome to serve. This unjustifiable reversal of policy is devastating to these soldiers and harmful to our country. These plaintiffs put their lives on the line every day for all of us. We can’t afford to lose a single one of them.”
Shannon Minter, NCLR’s Legal Director, added:
“Trump’s directive to exclude transgender people from military service has created a tidal wave of harms that have already been felt throughout our armed services. Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families. The President’s mistreatment of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces.”
GLAD reports: “The complaint rests on claims of equal protection, due process and estoppel, based on the inequity of the reversal of military policy after thousands of service members followed protocol and informed their chain of command that they are transgender.”