Colorado Rep. Jared Polis responds to Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military
July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement after President Trump announced that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the United States military. This announcement reverses the Obama administration's policy last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military.
“Military service should be about defending freedoms, not a mechanism to deny them. Transgender Americans should be able to serve our nation based on their merits and abilities," Polis said. “In a dangerous world, we can’t afford to weaken our military by kicking out high performing service members just because of their gender identity.”
I woke up today to the upsetting news that in a dangerous world, President Trump is weakening our military and making us…
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Polis is a founding member and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He's also an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment, education, credit, housing, federal funding, jury service, and public accommodations.
Earlier this year, as a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Polis helped relaunch the Transgender Equality Task Force. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, is the lead Democrat on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee, and is a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.