New lawsuits are being filed to stop Trump's trans military ban

PoliticsLambda Legal and an LGBTQ Military Group Are Suing Trump Over His Transgender Ban Written by Daniel Villarreal

Trump blindsided the Pentagon on July 26 when he wrote on Twitter that the government would not "accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military".

According to multiple reports in LGBT news outlets, the White House has issued policy guidelines aimed at bringing the ranks of the military in line with President Trump's recent tweets. While trans service members would be allowed to continue to serve, this policy would not offer protection from harassment or other efforts pushing them to quit.

"We believe any serious or credible review of the law and the facts in the present case make it clear that the President's proposed ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces will weaken, not strengthen our military, and is blatantly unconstitutional", the letter states.

President Donald Trump's plan to prohibit transgender people from serving in the USA military has been met with a lawsuit from two LGBTQ rights groups, The Hill reports.

All five of the plaintiffs said they relied on the 2016 policy change when they notified commanding officers they were transgender.

"Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families", Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director, said in a statement.

Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing against the president's plan to bar transgender people from serving in the USA military amid claims taking such action could come with a hefty price tag.

The plaintiffs have not identified themselves in the lawsuit, each filing under the name Jane Doe, but the complaint describes them as "active duty service members in the United States military who serve openly as transgender people".

"The military itself carefully studied this issue and concluded that there is no reason to bar transgender people from military service", the organizations say. The $8.4 million figure is the upper-bound estimate calculated by the RAND Corporation for providing health care to transgender troops each year.

"The President's order to remove transgender service members from the United States armed forces is nothing less than a purge".

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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However, they have not yet disclosed when it will be filed or who they are representing.

The named defendants in the lawsuit are Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the secretaries for each of the military services and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, who oversees the U.S. Coast Guard.

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