Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Trump Banning Transgender Americans from Military Service


Date: July 26, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), a Vice Chair of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus, issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced that transgender Americans will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military:

"The President's ban on transgender service members undermines our military's readiness and is a slap in the face to the thousands of transgender Americans already serving in the military. Anyone who is willing to put on the uniform of the United States and risk their life in service to our country should be celebrated as patriots, regardless of their gender identity. This short-sighted and discriminatory policy will make America less safe."