GLAAD: Trump's position barring transgender individuals from enlisting a 'direct attack'
President Donald Trump's tweets signaling plans to bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the military has drawn sharp criticism from GLAAD, which calls the policy position "a direct attack" against transgender Americans.
"His admin. will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology - even if it means denying some of our bravest the right to serve," GLADD posted on its verified Twitter page. "There are already 15,000 patriotic, transgender Americans serving in our military, and this ban will cause a huge disruption. Furthermore, this puts the careers of patriotic transgender Americans on the line who want nothing more than to serve their country."
GLADD, formerly referred to as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is a group that has advocated for gay and transgender rights for decades.
“President Trump today issued a direct attack on transgender Americans, and his administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government – even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation,” Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement posted online. “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”
The group recently launched an entire sub-section of its website cataloging the administration's policies and positions affecting gay rights under the title "Trump Accountability Project."
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