One Colorado Statement on President Trump’s New Policy Banning Transgender Troops from Serving in the U.S. Military

March 23, 2018

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos on the newly-released Trump Administration policy attempting to implement another discriminatory ban on transgender troops.

“For a second time, President Trump is attacking thousands of patriotic transgender Americans who serve in our military and who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and free. This is yet another example of this Administration using policy to attack the LGBTQ community, instead of bringing Americans together to fix the problems that face all of us.”

“We have heard again and again from this President that he wants to support our troops and their families. Why are transgender soldiers and their families not worthy of the same support? Transgender people — like all Americans — should be judged for their qualifications, nothing more, nothing less. As we learned in repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, allowing service members to serve with integrity strengthens our armed forces.”

“Transgender people are our friends, neighbors, and coworkers. They are veterans who have served with honor and sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms. They, along with the rest of our country’s veterans and active-duty service members deserve better, and we will fight against this vicious attack on dignity of transgender Americans.”