Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Black Trans Advocacy Statement Concerning The Trump Trans Military Service Ban
Black Trans Advocacy is saddened to hear that President Donald Trump is continuing the Republican assault on the humanity and human rights of transgender Americans by reinstating the ban on trans military service that was rescinded by the Obama Administration just last year.
What we find particularly odious about this is that it was done exactly 69 years to the day in 1948 that president Harry S Truman issues his executive order desegregating the US military.
There are 15,500 trans people serving in our military, and many of them are doing so with distinction. In addition, the RAND Corporation study done on the costs of transition related medical care at only $2.4 to $8.4 million, a miniscule amount considering the entire military health care budget is $7.8 billion dollars.
It was past time to allow qualified trans people who met the requirements for service in our armed forces to be able to do so. Some of those people who have or are serving in the US military are part of our Black trans family.
We at Black Trans Advocacy hope that this misguided decision is reversed as soon as possible.