Senator Atkins Condemns President’s Vow to Bar Transgender Americans from Military Service

July 26, 2017

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump said during his campaign that he would protect the rights of LGBT Americans. His announcement today shows that isn’t true. Barring transgender people from the U.S. military is denying them the right to serve their country, and that is unacceptable and disgraceful. Right now, thousands of transgender Americans are serving proudly, courageously and effectively. They should be allowed to continue to do so. Excluding talented and able-bodied people who are eager to serve only makes our country weaker.”