April 29, 2019

On April 12, the Trump administration instructed the Armed Serves to begin discharging transgender service members. The instructions stated that any of the thousands of transgender service members who come out, or is found out, after April 12 and is not willing to renounce and suppress their identity will be subject to discharge.

At a time when the US government seeks to increase military enrollment, it is beyond reason that the US armed services would deny anyone willing and able to serve the opportunity to do so. To deny them based on their gender identity is both discriminatory and illogical.

The US armed services currently has an estimated 15,000 transgender members serving and another 134,000 veterans. These individuals risk their lives every day for the freedom that we as citizens hold so dear. The lack of recognition for all they can and will do for us is unjustifiable. We will never have a true military reflective of our country until all those willing and able to serve are welcome in their ranks without regard to gender identity, sexual orientation, race, sex, religion, or ethnicity.