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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.
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.
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 Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
Colleen Kollar-Kotelly US District JudgeAs a form of government action that classifies people based on their gender identity, and disfavors a class of historically persecuted and politically powerless individuals, the president’s directives are subject to a fairly searching form of scrutiny.
John McCain U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of Senate Armed Services CommitteeWhen less than 1% of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country. Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve -- including those who are transgender.
American Civil Liberties Union The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy 501(c)(4) organization. Visit our sitWhat the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy. This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence.
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.
Sarah McBride American activistThere is simply no legitimate reason to forbid willing and able transgender Americans from serving their country.
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
John M. Richardson Adm. John Richardson is the 31st Chief of Naval Operations. (Following, RTs and links ≠ endorsWe treat every one of those sailors regardless with dignity and respect that is warranted by wearing the uniform of the United States Navy. By virtue of that approach, I’m not aware of any issues.
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
Richard V. Spencer Official Twitter account of the 76th Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. Following and ROn a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.
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.
Shannon Minter Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Transgender Law and Policy Institute; LGBTThis [court blocking Trump's ban on transgender troops] is a major victory in the litigation and great news for transgender troops, transgender military academy and ROTC students, and transgender people who have been waiting to enlist.
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