Today, Gallup released a new poll conducted last month that found 71 percent of Americans support transgender people serving in the military. The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) — the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) military and veteran community — released the following statement in response to the survey results.
“This is a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s attempts to ban qualified transgender patriots from serving our great country,” said MMAA Executive Director and Navy veteran Andy Blevins. “As this survey proves, an overwhelming majority of Americans — including a majority of veterans — agree that what matters is the ability to accomplish the mission, not someone’s gender identity. Transgender service members have more than proven their ability time and again, and that’s why the far majority of Americans support them over an unconscionable ban based on nothing more than blatant bigotry.”
The full survey results can be found here: https://news.gallup.com/poll/258521/support-transgender-people-serving-military.aspx
In August 2017, the Modern Military Association of America (formerly known as OutServe-SLDN and the American Military Partner Association) joined with Lambda Legal in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. The lawsuit — Karnoski v. Trump — represents six currently serving members of the armed services; three who seek to enlist; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization; Gender Justice League, a civil and human rights organization, headquartered in Seattle; and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA).