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Jennifer Sims Captain in the United States ArmyFrom what I have experienced, open transgender service strengthens our military. Enabling soldiers to pursue their gender identity allows them to feel a part of the Army’s team and empowers them to be all they can be. Every soldier deserves to have that experience, including the thousands who are transgender.
Barack Obama Former President of United States of AmericaAll Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
Tim Cook CEO at AppleWe are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
Sundar Pichai CEO at GoogleI am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
Pierre Omidyar Founder at eBay & Omidyar NetworkEveryone who takes an oath, puts on a uniform and serves with integrity deserves our gratitude and respect.
Mark Zuckerberg CEO at FacebookEveryone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
Eric Fanning Army secretary at the end of Obama’s termHow does this impact readiness? How many soldiers are not going to be deployable because of medical care that they’re receiving? And RAND’s analysis ― again, before the accession policy was set with the 18-month stability clause ― was that it would be as low as 29 to as high as 129 service members a year that would require medical, surgical treatment for transitioning. I suspect that number’s goi... See More
Kristin Beck Transgender retired United States Navy SEAL, writerThe money [for transgenders in the army] is negligible, you're talking about .000001% of the military budget.
Ash Carter Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professorWe must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
Sheryl Sandberg American technology executive, activist, and authorWe should be grateful for everyone, including those in the transgender community, willing to serve our country
Canadian Forces The official Twitter page of the Canadian Armed Forces. En français: @ForcesCanada. For DND upWe welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities [in the Canadian Forces]
Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainShameful to discriminate against transgendered individuals in the military. Lets all of us work to help any that're affected find new jobs.
Adam Smith Democrat, member of the United States House of RepresentativesTrump's announcement "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."
Joni Ernst American politicianWhat is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
Kevin Yoder Republican US RepresentativeIn an era where the United States depends on a voluntary fighting force to protect our freedoms, anyone who wants to serve our country should be able to. But I believe taxpayer dollars should not be spent on gender reassignment therapies or surgeries
Alex Burton Commander UK Maritime Forces - Husband, Father, Warrior, SailorNo, we don't support that ban. I want our military to be completely open. It is right that the military should be equally open to anybody, irrespective of their race, their colour, their gender their sexuality. That is only right.
Sheri Swokowski Retired Army colonel and vice chair of the Fair Wisconsin Education FundThe most important thing in the military is getting the job done. Gender identity has nothing to do with it.
Brynn Tannehill Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy and founding member of the LGBT military organization SPART*AThe idea that it’s too expensive to retain transgender service members is laughable to me. It costs more to replace two highly trained transgender service members [in the US army] than to provide health care for every last one of them
This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the fa... See More
Tarah Demant Director of Amnesty International USA's Gender, Sexuality, and Identity programmeToday's announcement [i.e. Trump's announced ban for transgender individuals in the US army] violates human rights of all transgender Americans. It lays bare the President's prejudice and underlines the fact that creating policy based on bigotry is becoming a dangerous and a cruel pattern for President Trump. The administration continues to target minority communities without pause and without fac... See More
James Mattis United States Secretary of DefenseOn my first day as Secretary of Defense, I wrote, ‘Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future.’ It is imperative we align our actions to our larger mission and that we disaggregate priorities that increase the lethality of our forces from functions that are wasteful and unnecessary
Donald J. Trump President of the USAOur military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail
Steve King US representative for IowaWe don’t need to be experimenting with the military. Plus there’s no reason to take on that kind of financial burden
Rick Perry 14th Secretary of @Energy and former Governor of Texas.The idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics. I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable
Rep. Vicky Hartzler Republican U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2011By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications. [...] This is also an issue of fairness. Currently we refuse entrance into our armed forces fo... See More
American Family Assc US NGO promoting fundamentalist Christian valuesAFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness. American families deserve a military that is focused solely on readiness and national defense
James Hasson Catholic. Afghanistan Veteran. Contributor to @FDRLST on military/vets issues. Love Thee NotreThe military has always been at the forefront of civil rights and equality in our society, and that should never change. But this policy [i.e. allowing transgender individuals in the army] is not a question of equality, it is a matter of basic safety and combat effectiveness. It asks the other 39 soldiers in a transgender soldier’s platoon to potentially sacrifice their safety for one soldier’s af... See More
Ron Crews Executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious LibertyMillions of dollars and training hours have been consumed with lectures on how to deploy transgender personnel in a war zone that has laws against that behavior. Military commanders should be focused on fighting wars, not on how to deal with transgender personnel
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