Stand with Our Transgender Neighbors
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Upon hearing that the President had tweeted his intention to ban transgender people from military service, Equality Springfield issued the following statement on August 24: "To our transgender friends who have served, to those who are currently serving, and to those who aspire to serve, you deserve much better. We stand with our transgender friends who serve."
In light of official guidance from the White House, which has effectively put the ban into effect, we amplify and extend our previous statement by joining with other organizations, individuals, and advocacy groups in voicing our strong opposition to the recently announced decision to reverse years of discriminatory practices against our transgender neighbors. The supposed rationale behind this ban is baseless, hurtful, and rooted in fear and bigotry. Not only does this ban deprive the military of critical talent, but it denigrates the thousands of transgender people who have served and are currently serving their country. Additionally, this ban creates volatile and unsafe conditions for transgender people by returning to a climate in which transgender people must suppress or hide their identity while in service or else face discharge. It opens the door for harassment at the hands of others and forces cisgender peers to report their fellow service members or risk disobeying policy.
We condemn this discriminatory action in the strongest possible terms. We stand in support with our transgender and gender non-conforming neighbors. We are grateful for those who have served, those who currently serve, and those who aspire to serve.
Sign here to add your name to the growing chorus of voices who stand in opposition to the ban on transgender service people.
Rev. Avery Sledge
Retired Air Force
Mayor of Springfield, OH
Rev. Steven Fewell
High Street United Methodist Church
Why Not III
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Rev. Margaret Sammons
Transition Priest in Charge,
Christ Episcopal Church
Pastor Rachel Tune
Katherine L. Eckstrand, Shore Creations
Janet D. Baer
Lou Ann Horstman
Pam Dixon - President
Teena Seibold - Vice President
Brad Minerd - Treasurer
Organizational Development Consultant
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