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Pelosi Statement on Revived Transgender Servicemembers Ban

March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s memorandum banning transgender servicemembers from serving in the military, effective April 12:

“The President’s revival of his bigoted, disgusting ban on transgender servicemembers is a stunning attack on the patriots who keep us safe and on the most fundamental ideals of our nation.

“The President’s years-long insistence on his cowardly ban makes clear that prejudice, not patriotism, guides his decisions.  If implemented, this hateful policy would undermine our military readiness and betray our core American values.

“No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are.  The House will continue to fight this discriminatory action, which has no place in our country.  We will never allow hate and prejudice to dictate our national security.”