GLAAD responds to federal court’s immediate halt to President Trump’s trans military ban

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today applauded the Federal District Court in D.C. for granting a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of President Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban. This preliminary injunction will prevent the ban from going into effect during the time it takes to hear and decide 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 U.S. District Court's temporary halt of the trans military ban is a major step forward in exposing President Trump's policy as a hate-fueled attack on some of the bravest Americans who serve and protect our nation," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "Today's victory reflects what a majority of Americans have been saying: that transgender service members should be thanked and not relegated to second-class citizenship.” 

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.