One Colorado Statement on Transgender Military Ban

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos on the Supreme Court of the United States of America granting the Trump administration’s request to allow it to temporarily enforce its restrictions on transgender people serving in the military.

“The Court’s decision to lift the injunctions that have been blocking the ban means that transgender service members will painfully face discharges and transgender recruits will be denied enlistment opportunities while these cases proceed and until the Court has another opportunity to consider the case on the merits. Lifting the injunctions – even temporarily – is a slap in the face of the brave service members currently serving our country and those who want to serve.”

“Our veterans and military deserve better and we will continue to fight against this vicious, unconstitutional attack on dignity and equality. Transgender people are our family and friends, our neighbors and colleagues. They are veterans who have served with honor, and active duty service members who continue to sacrifice to protect our freedoms. No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from the privilege and honor of serving their country.”