One Iowa Condemns President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Announcement

President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets this morning announcing that the U.S. will not “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military”. The announcement reverses a decision issued last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military. The Trump administration delayed the implementation of a portion of that new policy in June that would have allowed transgender recruits to join the U.S. military.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement condemning President Trump’s announcement.

“Let’s be clear: transgender people already serve in the U.S. military and do not cause ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption’ as President Trump alleges. In fact, according to studies by the Williams Institute and the Veterans Health Administration, they are far more likely to serve in the military than the general population. President Trump’s announcement won’t change that.

“All this proclamation will do is fully reinstate a blanket ban that prevents transgender people from bringing their whole selves to their mission and from receiving basic support from the nation they disproportionately fight to defend. Our transgender service people and veterans deserve far better than this, and we are deeply disappointed and angered by the disrespect to which President Trump, Rep. Steve King, and our nation’s policies have subjected them.”