Nine Florida Democrats urge Donald Trump to rescind transgender ban

Jack Antonoff arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday Aug. 27 2017 in Inglewood Calif

It continues, "The lawsuit argues that the ban discriminates based on sex and transgender status and that the ban is based on uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, moral disapproval, and a bare desire to harm this already vulnerable group".

Regarding military personnel who have already "transitioned" and are now serving, Trump is leaving it up to Mattis to decide if they will be allowed to stay until their duty is over or if they are to be forced out.

"'This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country, ' Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said".

I - and my whole company - received a half-day-long block of transgender training (consuming a quarter of our training time for the month) explaining all the extraordinary accommodations that came with the transgender-in-the-military policies of then President Obama.

The second lawsuit was filed Monday in Seattle on behalf of a 12-year Army veteran.

"He has chose to use the service of men and women who are transgender as a political football, and the cruelty of that decision and policy is hard to understate", said David Rocah, with the ACLU.

The Department of Defense announced in 2016 that transgender individuals could openly serve in the military with equal rights and without fear of retribution, after conducting a yearlong study on the issue.

President Trump's ban goes against the decision made under the Obama administration to lift its ban on transgender service members on June 30, 2016.

Demonstrators gather to protest President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the US military, at the White House on July 26, 2017.

The ACLU lawsuit contends every component of Trump's ban "singles out transgender service members for different treatment" amounting to sex discrimination, which is subject to, and fails, heightened scrutiny under the Fifth Amendment.

Lambda Legal and OurServe-SLDN filed a challenge U.S. District Court on behalf of one current transgender servicemember and two transgender individuals who want to join the military.

Two weeks after Trump initially announced the ban, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, a legal nonprofit that defends gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights sued in Washington, D.C., on behalf of five transgender service members with almost 60 years of combined military service. The President initially reported his strategy on Twitter on July 26 pronouncing that men and ladies who are transgender would never again be permitted to keep serving in the military in "any limit".

The ACLU argues that the ban is discriminatory and violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection. On Friday, he issued guidelines to Defense Secretary Mattis to put the transgender military ban into practice.

Another lawsuit filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders was filed before Trump's directive and remains pending before a federal court in D.C. By contrast, barring transgender individuals from joining the military and discharging those who are already serving is exceedingly costly and undermines national security and military readiness.

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