In August 2017, President Trump issued a directive banning transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. The Reform Movement condemned this policy change in an open letter to President Trump. While legal battles have been launched to fight against the ban, the most tenable and sustainable solution is a legislative fix.
In September 2017, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced S. 1820, a bill that would reverse the effects of President Trump's discriminatory ban. An identical bill, H.R. 4041, was introduced shortly after in the House, led by Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). This legislation would directly address the effects of President Trump's directive by protecting servicemembers on account of their gender identity.
Urge Congress to support this bipartisan legislation to protect transgender service members on account of their gender identity and reverse the effects of President Trump's transgender military ban.