It was less than two weeks ago when President Trump announced his ban on transgender service members from the military, rocking the LGBTQ community and sparking widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum.
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Five active-duty transgender service members filed a lawsuit Wednesday against President Donald Trump and key members of his administration over Trump's announcement of an immediate ban on trans people serving in the USA military. Three are soldiers in the Army, one is in the Air Force, and one is serving on active duty in the Coast Guard.
However, the court filings state Trump's tweets have "already resulted in immediate, concrete injury to Plaintiffs by unsettling and destabilizing plaintiffs' reasonable expectation of continued service", and that the White House is using those social media posts as "official guidance, approved by the White House counsel's office, to be communicated to the Department of Defense".
It means that, in effect, transgender service members who were encouraged to come under one administration could risk being expelled altogether under another.
"My experience has been positive and I am prouder than ever to continue to serve".
I am disappointed that The News ran the headline: "Trump angers LGBT community, bars transgender people from US military". "But now, I'm anxious about my family's future".
It alleges that the order violates Equal Protection and Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered all branches of the military to draw up new policies that would allow for transgender recruits and transgender medical care within the military.
More than 50 House Democrats sent a letter urging Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford Jr.to reject the "unconstitutional directive". If that happens, Lambda Legal, Outserve, and the American Civil Liberties Union may open their own lawsuits against the Trump administration.
That permitted transgender members now serving to come out openly; openly transgender people are set to be allowed to join the military starting next year. "Donald Trump has no basis for his statement that allowing transgender service members to be in the military is disruptive".
So far, the armed services have not implemented a ban or moved to discharge anyone, saying that it is awaiting guidance from the White House through formal channels rather than on Twitter.