Donald Trump is facing a federal lawsuit in order to stop the White House’s ban on trans people serving in the US military.
The ACLU claims the ban, which Donald Trump announced via Twitter last month, is unconstitutional and based on ‘uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, and a desire to harm transgender people’.
Two trans people who wish to join the military, one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer, the Human Rights Campaign and Gender Justice Lawsuit have filed the lawsuit.
‘This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country,’ Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said.
‘Thousands of current service members are transgender, and many have been serving openly, courageously and successfully in the US military for more than a year—not to mention the previous decades when many were forced to serve in silence.
‘Once again attacking a vulnerable population based on bias, political opportunism and demonstrably untrue ‘alternative facts,’ President Trump is denying brave men and women the opportunity to serve our country without any legitimate justification whatsoever.’
OutServe-SLDN has said the ‘law’ and ‘justice’ is on the right side of history.
The individual plaintiffs, all of whom are transgender, include:
- Ryan Karnoski, a 22-year-old Seattle man who currently works as a social worker and wishes to become an officer doing social work for the military.
- Staff Sergeant Cathrine (“Katie”) Schmid, a 33-year-old woman and member of the U.S. Army currently serving in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, who has applied to become an Army Warrant Officer.
- Drew Layne, a high-school student from Corpus Christi, Texas, who is about to turn 17 and, with parental support, wants to join the Air Force.
Military ban lawsuit plaintiff: ‘I love serving my country.’
Staff Sergeant Schmid said: ‘I love serving my country, which I’ve been doing for more than 12 years.
‘Since the ban on open service by transgender men and women was lifted, I’ve been able to live and serve as my authentic self, which has allowed me to form stronger bonds with my fellow service members.’
It is estimated it would cost $960 million to implement the ban on trans soldiers.
If the US military were to keep them, it would cost for medical costs from $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year.