Court rejects Trump’s attempt to delay trans military enlistment

Judge rejects the Trump Administration’s attempt to delay accepting transgender recruits, keeping the January 1, 2018 start date in effect

NEW YORK –  GLAAD, the world largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today applauded the Federal District Court in D.C. for rejecting the Trump Administration’s request for a partial stay in the case Doe V. Trump, a challenge to Trump policy brought forward by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). The stay would have allowed the Trump administration to delay accepting transgender recruits on the previously established date of January 1, 2018, as ordered by the court in an October preliminary injunction that blocked the ban from going into effect during the time it takes to hear and decide the case. Unless the Supreme Court weighs in, the military must now allow trans enlistment starting on January 1.

"Today's legal victory is the latest step towards preventing Trump's bigoted trans military ban from ever going into full effect," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "The Trump administration is struggling to provide any evidence that open trans enlistment be must be delayed because none exists beyond their own hate-fueled anti-LGBTQ agenda."

In late August, President Trump officially directed the Pentagon to move forward with this discriminatory policy due to take effect on March 23, 2018. This purge of skilled and qualified military personnel runs counter to the support of the majority of Americans in all fifty states who believe transgender people should be allowed to openly serve in the U.S. military.

Trump’s policy to ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in any capacity with the U.S. military summarizes the full-scale attack on LGBTQ Americans by the Trump Administration. Since President Trump’s inauguration, the administration has stopped at nothing to erase LGBTQ acceptance from the federal government. This includes appointing the most anti-LGBTQ administration in recent memory, deleting any mention of “LGBTQ” from government websites, and rescinding guidance that protects transgender students at their schools. GLAAD has cataloged every anti-LGBTQ action by the Trump Administration under its Trump Accountability Project.