There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Congress has failed us.
The vitally important non-discrimination amendment to the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is not included in the final version of the bill. It would have ended the Trump-Pence administration’s unjustifiable ban on transgender service members and ensured anyone who is qualified is able to serve.
This deeply disappointing fact means that our lawsuit against this administration’s unconscionable ban is more important than ever.
The White House, House Armed Services Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shamefully prevailed in removing the amendment, even though it was previously passed with strong bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Now, we need you to stand with us as we continue to challenge the ban in court.
Transgender troops served openly and honorably without incident for three years before this reckless ban on their service was put into place by the Trump-Pence administration. Military leadership and medical experts have all provided evidence that the ban is without merit and is damaging to military readiness.
It is unconscionable that thousands of honorably serving transgender service members and their families will continue to live under the threat of discharge simply because of who they are. This ban is based on bias, not evidence, and is opposed by the American people, military experts, and elected officials across the political spectrum.
If Congress won’t do what’s right, we absolutely must prevail in court.