STATEMENT: Keeping Transgender Ban in Place Gives Credence to Dehumanizing Policy, CAP’s Laura E. Durso Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the five conservative justices on the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to temporarily enforce its new restrictions on transgender military service while litigation continues in lower courts. In response, Laura E. Durso, vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Allowing this dehumanizing policy to remain intact for even one more day gives credence to a bogus rationale about the fitness of transgender people to serve their country. This is the cruel centerpiece of the Trump administration’s agenda to prevent the full inclusion of transgender people in public life. It undermines military readiness and perpetuates the fear across the transgender and allied communities that this government will not protect them, not even those who would sacrifice everything to protect our nation.

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