@NCLRights and @GladLaw file suit against Trump on behalf of transgender military service members (USA)

On August 9, 2017 the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit on behalf of five service members who identify as transgender challenging the President Trump’s directive to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. According to the complaint, “The directive to reinstate a ban on open service by transgender people violates both the Equal Protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The lawsuit also notes, “The categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service lacks a rational basis, is arbitrary, and cannot be justified by sufficient federal interests.”

The Plaintiffs seek “a declaratory judgment that the President’s directive to categorically exclude transgender people from military service is unconstitutional;” a “preliminary injunction prohibiting the categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service;” a “permanent injunction prohibiting the categorical exclusion of transgender
people from military service;” and “reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees.”

LGBTQ rights groups sue Trump over transgender military ban — thehill.com

NCLR and GLAD File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Directive to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Military Service — NCLR

Jane Doe 1-5 v. Trump — complaint filed August 9, 2017