Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SAGE Condemns the Trump Administration's Ban on Transgender People in the Military

SAGE will not stand by quietly as the Trump administration continues its attempts to erase members of the transgender community -- this time from the ranks of the U.S. military, in which they have patriotically served for generations.

There are an estimated 135,000 transgender veterans, among them countless elders. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality's 2016 U.S. Trans Survey, more than half of transgender people over the age of 75 -- and 40 percent of respondents between the ages of 65 and 74 -- are veterans who fought valiantly for our country and our freedoms.

President Trump's blatant act of discrimination against trans service members is yet another example of his pattern of marginalizing, erasing, and discriminating against trans people. That pattern includes the current effort by the Trump administration to erase transgender elders from a critical federal aging survey that allocates billions of dollars to vital elder services.

SAGE is aggressively fighting the administration's erasure of transgender people. As a testament to that commitment, this Monday we submitted more than 6,000 letters from all 50 states demanding that the Trump administration restore transgender elders to the annual survey.

President Trump's most recent anti-transgender policy statement discounts and disrespects the professionalism of all of our troops, undercuts our national security, and harms our country. Our military and our nation are better than this. SAGE is pushing back against the Trump administration's latest efforts. Thank you for standing with us.


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