Amanda Howland Statement Against Trump’s Attack on Transgender Service members
Lake Zurich (July 26th, 2017) Amanda Howland, Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois 6th District, released the following statement following President Trump’s tweets regarding U.S. military policy toward transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines.
“Today, President Trump, who avoided his own military service, told an estimated 11,000 active and reserve duty service members that they are no longer welcome to serve their country simply because they are transgender. This is unacceptable, and ignores findings from the Pentagon that transgender servicemembers are no detriment to the military or our national security. In fact, many transgender servicemembers fill crucial, highly trained, roles in our military. Nineteen countries, including Canada, Britain, Israel, and France allow transgender people to serve openly in their military with no negative repercussions.
It is particularly troubling that President Trump chose to do this today, when on this day in history President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 which abolished racial discrimination and ended segregation in the US Armed Forces.
Current Congressman Peter Roskam voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2010 and continues to stand against LGBTQ equality. As recently as last week, Roskam broke ranks with the majority of the House and supported a hateful amendment attempting to bar transgender service-members access to essential health care services.
Today, I stand with the transgender community, and in Congress, I will advocate not only for transgender Americans to serve openly in the military, but also for transgender individuals to be full and equal members of society, free of violence and discrimination.”