July 26, 2017


Washington, D.C. – This morning Congressman Joe Kennedy III took to the House Floor to condemn President Trump’s bigoted attack on transgender soldiers and announcement that they will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States military. Kennedy currently serves as Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force.
“When our bravest men and women raise their hand and volunteer to defend our nation, they defend all of her people,” Kennedy said. “Rich and poor. Young and old. Democrat and Republican. Gay and straight. Americans of all races, religions, ethnicities, beliefs and gender identities. Our soldiers do not discriminate. They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice for some Americans and not others. Their government owes them that same courtesy – that same decency – in return.
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“Instead, our President has told thousands of American soldiers that though they fight for us, we will not fight for them. That their deeply personal medical decisions are public business. That although they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom, we will not offer them the most basic freedom in return. 
“Today the President of our United States looked American soldiers in the eye and dared to question their patriotism – their courage. He doubted their commitment to their brothers and sisters in uniform. He said that our military couldn’t or wouldn’t stand for all of us. To the thousands of brave transgender men and women serving today: please know that this grateful nation does not take your service and your patriotism for granted. You deserve better from your president. You deserve better from your country.”

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For Immediate Release:
July 26, 2017
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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