Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A disgraceful, cowardly attack on American patriots
My father enlisted in the Navy in 1942, just a few months after Pearl Harbor. He served for six years, earning numerous service awards and commendations before he was honorably discharged.
I always knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps and serve my country the same way he did. I went to college on a Navy ROTC scholarship, but because of the ban on gays serving in the military, in my senior year I was unable to continue and receive my commission as a U.S. Naval officer and fulfill my dream of serving my country.
We have come a long way since then, and, thanks to President Obama, hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ Americans have finally been able to proudly, openly serve in our armed forces.
But today, Donald Trump turned back the clock and will ban transgender people from serving in the military. He must reverse course -- join me and sign your name if you agree.
Right now, there are thousands of transgender Americans on active duty and in the reserves. They protect all of us -- including Donald Trump and Mike Pence -- from harm.
So let's be clear: what Donald Trump did this morning was a disgraceful attack on thousands of patriots by a coward. It shames our nation and the progress we have made advancing diversity in the military, and it is an insult to the millions of service members who have courageously served their country.
Democrats stand with the transgender community, and we will fight Donald Trump's bigotry tooth-and-nail.
Tell Trump to reverse this ban and allow all those who would defend our right to live freely to serve freely. Add your name with mine:
Democratic National Committee