Arizona lawmakers blast Trump's tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

An estimated 2,500 to 7,000 transgender people are among the 1.3 million active duty service members
An estimated 2,500 to 7,000 transgender people are among the 1.3 million active duty service members
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28 July, 2017

The 67-year-old took to Twitter to condemn the announcement, "There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the USA military fighting for all of us", Jenner tweeted.

"We just lost everything we worked for", said Vietnam veteran Rebecca McDonald.

After President Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender Americans will not be allowed to serve in the military "in any capacity", reactions were swift to pour in on social media.

Jenner, who said her father served in the military during World War II, also called Trump's idea "half-baked" and said the president's directive "puts all of our service members in harm's way".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017.victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.

In a memo announcing the delay, Mattis said his "intent is to ensure that I personally have the benefit of the views of the military leadership and of the senior civilian officials who are now arriving" in the Pentagon over the matter.

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They held signs saying "Resist!" and listened to speakers who denounced the ban, which Trump announced on Twitter.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, tweeted that Trump "has shown his conduct is driven not by honor, decency, or national security, but by prejudice".

"The president's tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter", McCain said. She said the change was not easy, but that the president "feels that it's the best one for the military", according to a White House transcript.

In 1974, the Netherlands became the first country to grant transgender people the right to serve in the armed forces. He also questioned the President's reasoning, "For us to say to them we can't afford to pay for your healthcare, but we want you to die for us, is so beyond offensive". "I'm over it!" Thorogood said, as they marched with the crowd from the Castro neighborhood to City Hall. "Rather than sensationalizing division in our USA military -the greatest fighting force on earth -we need to focus on getting our troops the resources they need, and taking care of our veterans when they return home from the battlefield". "The military doesn't care what your sexual orientation or identity is, or who you love".

By 7pm (local time), dozens of people were there and included tourists, office employees who worked nearby and transgender veterans.

Zabel mentions that studies on LGBT people's efficacy in the military going back as far as the 1940s have disproved the misconception that they would be a distraction or add additional risk to their units.


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