Transgender ban Offends American Values of Freedom and Equality

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on President Trump’s plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the United States’ armed forces:

“Trump’s act of bigotry today is an affront to America’s values of freedom and equality. By banning heroes like Kristin Beck, a transgender woman who risked her life for our country countless times as a decorated Navy Seal, Trump’s action threatens our safety. But Trump’s actions undermine more than our military; they are an affront to our American values of freedom, service, and equality. SEIU members are fighting for a nation that upholds these ideals. Transgender Americans: we are fighting for you.”

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