Anthony Brown Intros Bill to Reverse Transgender Troop Ban
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 70% of American voters say that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military; Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) -- a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve -- agrees. Brown and a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues on Thursday introduced legislation to protect the rights of transgender individuals who are qualified and meet standards to join and also serve openly in the armed services. The bill follows the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Department of Defense to implement Donald Trump’s discriminatory ban on open transgender service. “The President’s bigoted decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, carries with it echoes of some of the most ignorant, intolerant moments in our history that saw women, black Americans, gays and lesbians barred from fully participating in our Armed Forces,” said Brown. “Transgender servicemembers are serving honorably right now, and their service should neither be undermined nor diminished.” Brown was joined in the bill’s introduction byRepresentatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), John Katko (R-NY), and Susan Davis (D-CA). Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced an identical bill in the Senate. More here.