ACLU Sues to Stop Trump's Transgender Ban
 
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On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union  asked a judge to immediately halt the Trump administration's ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military while their lawsuit challenging the ban moves through the court system.  

"Men and women who are transgender should be allowed to serve their country rather than being exposed to this level of uncertainty and harm," said Josh Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project. "We're confident that the courts will eventually strike down this unconstitutional ban. So we're demanding a court order to prevent this shameful policy from ever being implemented."  

At the culmination of a thorough process, the Department of Defense concluded in 2016 that there was no basis for the military to exclude transgender individuals from openly serving their country, subject to the same fitness requirements as other service members. This review process carefully considered and rejected the notion that medical costs, military readiness, or other factors presented any reason to discriminate against transgender individuals, many of whom had already been serving with honor in silence for years.