One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families, released the following statement last week from Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, on President Trump’s announcement that transgender people can no longer serve in the U.S. Military.
“President Trump just attacked thousands of patriotic transgender Americans who already serve in our military and who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and free. The U.S. military is the largest employer of transgender people in the world, employing an estimated 15,000 transgender people today. This is yet another example of the Trump Administration attacking the most vulnerable among us instead of bringing Americans together to fix the problems that face all of us. Transgender people — like all Americans — should be judged for their qualifications, nothing more, nothing less. As we learned in repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, allowing service members to serve with integrity strengthens our armed forces.”
Cristina Aguilar, the Executive Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), also issued a statement concerning the president stating that transgender people cannot serve in the military in any capacity.
“This morning the president of the United States thought that it was appropriate to post untrue and insulting statements about the transgender community on social media. He claimed that transgender people are a ‘disruption’ and said that they cannot serve in any capacity. Every American should not only be horrified that he chose to make derogatory claims about the transgender community, but also that he believes that you can make policy by spouting off on Twitter. This is insulting to transgender and gender nonconforming people and their loved ones, as well as to our system of policy making and governance. It is clear that a tweet does to constitute an actual, legal and enforceable change in military policy, however this is a very disturbing development that signals that Trump’s administration may try to push through changes in order to discriminate against transgender service members, push them out or deny transgender people the ability to enlist.
We believe that every person should be able to determine and express their own gender and build their own future. If that includes serving our country, they should be able to do so with dignity and respect.”
Surprisingly, conservative U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) has also spoken out against Trump’s transgender military claims.
“America needs a military comprised of patriots willing to sacrifice for this country,” Buck told The Denver Post. “Any American who is physically and emotionally qualified should be allowed to serve.”
Other Colorado Republicans posted bigoted, mocking, and hateful messages on Facebook this week in response to Trump’s tweet saying he’ll ban transgender people from the U.S. military.