Congressman Joe Kennedy

Representing the 4th District of Massachusetts


Congressman Joe Kennedy working for Massachusetts constituents


Apr 27, 2017
Press Release
Mark Green has claimed being transgender is a ‘disease’

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Tennessee State Senator Mark Green as Secretary of the Army. In addition to claiming that being transgender is a ‘disease,’ Green has referred to the transgender community as ‘evil’ and likened them to ISIS terrorists.
“Men and women willing to sacrifice their lives to protect ours should never be asked to hide their true identity or serve under a leader who believes they are ‘diseased,’” said Congressman Kennedy. “With an estimated 11,000 active and reserve transgender soldiers in our military, the United States Senate should immediately reject Sen. Green’s nomination and ensure intolerance can never again permeate our armed forces. Once again, the Trump Administration has demonstrated a devastating disregard for the transgender community.”
To read Congressman Kennedy’s full letter, please click here. Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. He was a vocal supporter of Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination bill, appearing in-person at the State House to testify in support of its passage. Last year, he introduced the Do No Harm Act, which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act..

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For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2017
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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