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Stockman v. Trump

Case Challenging Trump's Directive Banning Military Service for Transgender Americans

Key Date: April 12, 2019
Status: Awaiting Further Action
Legal Team: Equality California, GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Case Overview:

In July 2017 President Donald Trump tweeted a proposal to prohibit transgender Americans from serving in the United States military “in any capacity.” The proposal undercuts an entire year where transgender Americans served openly in the military, following an in-depth study from the U.S. Department of Defense. Thousands of transgender people are currently serving in the U.S. military.

On September 4 Stockman v. Trump was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California challenging Trump’s attempt to reinstate a ban on open service for transgender people. It is filed on behalf of four named and three unnamed transgender plaintiffs, who are harmed by the ban.

The case is being led by Equality California, with co-counsel from GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Latest in the Case:

In January 2019 the Supreme Court denied a request by the Trump administration to hear arguments regarding the proposed ban on transgender service members in the military. In the same order, the justices granted the government’s motions to lift injunctions on the ban temporarily.

The military ban took effect on April 12, 2019, even as litigation against it continues through court.

Case History:

  • August 25, 2017: President Trump signs a directive banning transgender Americans from enlisting in the United States military and leaving thousands of currently serving transgender servicemembers in limbo.
  • September 4, 2017: Equality California file the initial complaint in the case, challenging President Trump’s proposed ban on open service for transgender Americans.
  • December 22, 2017: U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal grants plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction, halting the implementation of the ban.
  • July 30, 2018: A hearing previously scheduled on a motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction is heard.
  • January 22, 2019: In Stockman and one other case tackling the anti-transgender military ban, the Supreme Court denies a request by the Trump administration to hear arguments regarding the proposed ban on transgender service members in the military. In the same order, the justices grant the government’s motions to lift injunctions on the ban temporarily.
  • April 12, 2019: While litigation continues in court, the anti-transgender military policy takes effect.

Last Updated May 1, 2019

Press Release from Equality California GLAD Case Page

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