WASHINGTON — Led by U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a bipartisan group of representatives and senators introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate to protect transgender servicemembers on Thursday.
Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization and the organizational plaintiff in the lawsuit Stockman v. Trump challenging the president’s transgender military ban, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:
“We’re deeply grateful to Congresswoman Speier and Senator Gillibrand for their leadership on this issue. Around the world, more than 15,000 brave transgender servicemembers are serving our country with honor. They’re risking everything — often far away from their families and loved ones — to keep us safe. The very least we can do is thank them for their service and sacrifice and treat them with the same dignity and respect afforded to every other member of the armed forces. If the White House won’t put our national security and fundamental values of equality and fairness ahead of partisan politics, then we hope Congress will.”
In September 2017, Equality California filed Stockman v. Trump on behalf of the civil rights organization’s members and alongside seven transgender servicemembers and enlistees. In November 2017, Attorney General Xavier Becerra successfully intervened as co-plaintiff in Stockman v. Trump on behalf of the State of California. For more information, visit eqca.org/stockman-v-trump.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org