USHRN Response to the President’s Announcement of a Ban on Trans People from Military

Update Type: 

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2017
Contact: Jess St. Louis, jstlouis@ushrnetwork.org, (404) 588-9761 x 104

USHRN Responds to the President’s Announcement of a Ban on Trans People in the Military

Atlanta, GA -- In the early morning of July 26, in a series of tweets, President Trump announced a ban on trans people to be a part of in the military in any capacity.

In response, Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., US Human Rights Network (USHRN) Executive Director released the following statement:

“This announcement is not only an attack on transgender people, it is an attack on the humanity of all Americans. The fact of the matter is that freedom from discrimination in all aspects of our lives - whether in the military or at our workplaces or in healthcare - is a basic and fundamental human right. The President’s announcement on excluding trans people in the military in any capacity is employment discrimination as well as a restriction of access to higher education within an economic environment filled with rampant anti-trans discrimination. To trans people, we say: you and your lives are not burdens or disruptions - and we will continue to build a people centered movement that ensures that all of us live in a world where the full spectrum of our human rights are respected.”