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Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. Posted in Safespace

Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

Response to SCOTUS Decision on Transgender Military Ban

BURLINGTON, VT – January 22, 2019 — On this day, the Supreme Court has chosen to uphold blatant discrimination against our transgender and gender non-conforming military personnel. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect. While the Justices have not ruled on the merits of the case, they have temporarily allowed the ban while the lower courts move forward with appeals processes. This is the same policy made known on August 25, 2017, via a memo from President Trump directing the Pentagon to bar transgender Americans from military service. The Trump-Pence administration continues to target and alienate our community members from their right to serve our country. Similar attacks from our country's leadership since Trump has taken office have been documented by The National Center for Transgender Equality.

We, at Pride Center of Vermont, wholeheartedly believe that this policy is targeted discrimination. The ban sends a clear message that our Supreme Court has decided to see people who are transgender as 'less than' their peers. We are here to remind you, our state, and our nation that our community will not be erased or invalidated by this administration or anyone else. #WontBeErased

This policy leaves us questioning, what’s next? This administration continues to demonstrate that it does not intend to uphold the rights of LGBTQ+ people. Many transgender people across the country fear the impacts of this policy on their livelihoods both directly and indirectly. This policy's impact extends beyond the military and erodes our feelings of safety in our daily lives and leaves many transgender people wondering whether their housing or employment is in jeopardy.

To those impacted, we hope this serves as a reminder that you are loved and that you matter. This is not the first time our communities have experienced injustice at a broad level, and we are here to help you persevere. You are not alone. Pride Center of Vermont is your Center and we are here for you.

If you are an LGBTQ+ and/or HIV-affected person experiencing discrimination or violence, advocates through our SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program are available to provide free and confidential support. Our advocates are available during office hours (Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) via phone at (802) 863-0003, in person, or via email at safespace@pridecentervt.org.

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