Lambda Legal, ACLU File Lawsuits Against Trump’s Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

By Adam Polaski • August 29, 2017 • 12:07 pm

This week the legal teams at Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union filed separate lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s directive banning open service for transgender servicemembers.

The lawsuits join a legal case filed by GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights last week.

President Trump issued an official directive on his ban on Friday. The order directs the military to permanently prohibit transgender Americans from newly enlisting into the military, and it leaves active transgender servicemembers in legal limbo, their employment and dignity vulnerable to the whims of others in the service. The order also blocks transgender servicemembers from receiving medically necessary health care treatments related to their transition.

Lambda Legal’s case, Karnoski v. Trump, was filed in conjunction with OutServe-SLDN on behalf of two transgender people who wish to join the military, an active servicemember seeking appointment as an officer, the Human Rights Campaign (which represents LGBTQ Americans), and Gender Justice League, an organization committed to fighting for the human rights of LGBTQ people.

The ACLU’s case, filed with the ACLU of Maryland, is called Stone v. Trump. It is filed on behalf of Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone, Staff Sergeant Kate Cole, Senior Airmen John Doe, Technical Sergeant Tommie Parker, Airman First Class Seven Ero George, and Petty Officer First Class Teagan Gilbert. Read more about the case.

Thank you to these legal organizations for taking Trump’s unpatriotic and shameful ban to court. As our legal partners make the case against LGBTQ discrimination in the court of law, Freedom for All Americas will continue to stoke the conversation in the court of public opinion, making the case that no one should face discrimination because of who they are.





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