U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • August 21, 2017 • 10:30 am

On August 18, the United States Commission on Civil Rights, an independent and bipartisan agency that advises the President and U.S. Congressmembers on issues of civil rights, condemned President Trump’s proposal to prohibit open service for transgender servicemembers in the military.

By a majority vote, the Commission wrote that they “urge this Administration to recommit to the full protection of civil rights for all persons in our country. … The President’s mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters and encourages prejudice, inconsistent with our core national values.”

Catherine E. Lhamon, Chair of the Commission, said in a statement:

“Animus has no place in any aspect of American life. All Americans deserve our government’s respect and protection, not affirmative harm from the government itself. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls on the United States to satisfy the civil rights protections that are the responsibility and obligation of the federal government.”

Freedom for All Americans joins the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in condemning this shameful ban and imploring President Trump to revoke his proposal.

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