June 05, 2018


Leads letter rejecting Department of Defense policy recommendations

Washington, D.C. – In a letter signed by over 100 of his colleagues, Congressman Joe Kennedy III rejected the Department of Defense’s policy recommendations to justify President Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members from the military. By citing studies from leading scientific researchers and advocacy organizations, as well as highlighting trans troops currently serving in the military, the lawmakers dispelled the outdated and false data used by the Trump Administration to defend his Twitter policy announcements.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to ban transgender troops abandons our proudest values, undermines our armed forces, defies established medical research and ignores basic science. In attempting to create justification for the President’s thoughtless policy tweets, the Department of Defense used outdated studies and cherry-picked data. If President Trump and his Administration are committed to all of our service members, they will immediately reverse this bigoted ban.”

To read the full letter, please click here.

Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. Following the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, he introduced the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), 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.


For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2018 

Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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