On Friday, August 25 U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing “the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces.”
The memo “also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals currently serving in the military.”
On Monday, August 28 Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging “the constitutionality of an official federal policy of discrimination against transgender people regarding military service.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of “two individuals who seek to join the military; one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; the Human Rights Campaign…; and Gender Justice League.”
According to the lawsuit, “Dripping with animus, the Ban and the current accessions bar violate the equal protection and due process guarantees of the Fifth Amendment and the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment. They are unsupported by any compelling, important, or even rational justification.”
We do not support this ban against transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military.
Karnoski, et al v. Trump — complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief
Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Sue President Trump to Reverse Transgender Military Service Ban — Lambda Legal
Trump signs directive banning transgender military recruits — CNN
Trump announces plan to ban transgender individuals from U.S. military service (USA) — Gender Identity Watch
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed “Executive Order Number 1,” a directive prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government. The Executive Order does not define “gender identity” or resolve the tension between sex and “gender identity” as protected characteristics. The order fulfills a campaign promise by McAuliffe to reinstate previous orders by former governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner that prohibited discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation. The is the first time gender identity has been included.
McAuliffe signs executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT state workers – LGBTQ Nation.
112 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for an executive order prohibiting contractors without sexual orientation and gender identity anti-discrimination policies from receiving federal funds.
37 United States senators sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to issue an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Letter Seeking Executive Order.
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) has petitioned President Barack Obama to sign an executive order barring job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting.
The Petition states that Taxpayer funded jobs should be free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which some state/local governments already bar. In 2011, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, supported by more than 70 community groups, passed an ordinance requiring contractors to affirm that they do not discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. That same year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed SB632/HB600 that nullified the Nashville ordinance and prevents any city from applying its non-discrimination standards to contractors if they go beyond the state or federal government’s protected classes. A federal executive order is needed to protect people where state/local governments do not include sexual orientation and gender identity.