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Equality Pennsylvania denounces Trump Tweet against transgender service members 

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Equality Pennsylvania’s leadership team joined more than 200 LGBTQ civil rights movement in Alexandria just across the river from Washington, D.C. for the annual Equality Federation Leadership Conference as President Trump announced his intention, in a series of tweets, to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Standing united against the shameful attack on transgender Americans, Equality Federation and its members released the following joint statement:

“Today’s reprehensible attack on transgender military personnel by President Trump is unconscionable. The more than 15,000 transgender Americans who serve our country today deserve nothing but respect from their commander-in-chief. Transgender service members are brave patriots, not burdens or disruptions. Defense Department has already extensively studied readiness issues concerning transgender people serving openly, so there is no reason to believe that this policy is anything other than blatant discrimination. To every transgender person in the United States: We see you, we love you, and we will never stop fighting for you.”

Joanne Carroll, board president of Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund is transgender and a retired Master Sergeant of the Air Force where she served for 20 years, including time in Vietnam, added, “The President said he would be a best friend to our community, but day in and day out he has systematically done everything he can to disprove that. Just when transgender people were starting to feel recognized and safe enough to serve openly, he deflated that hope,” she said. “15,000 active and reserve service members are transgender. They were told earlier that their contributions through their service to our country were valued, but now via a tweet, they are made to feel as if they have no value.”


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