On Friday, March 8, the final injunction remaining in the Transgender Military Ban lawsuit was struck down. The Transgender Military Ban will be implemented across the Department of Defense on Friday, April 12, 2019. This ban will preclude transgender individuals from enlisting and serving in the U.S. Armed Forces based solely on their gender identity. (There only exception that will be granted will be for current service members who enlisted between Jan. 2016 and April 12, 2019 who received a diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria and have a note from a physician and mental health professional that they have been stable in their gender for 18 months.)
Across the city, state, region, and country, over 13,000 transgender troops sit in fear and uncertainty of what April 12, 2019 will bring. To be clear, this ban is more than a military issue, it’s more than an LGBTQ issue, it’s an issue of human rights.
On April 13, 2019, in Seattle and across the country, the Minority Veterans of America will be hosting a Right to Serve Rally to oppose the Transgender Military Ban. The intention of this rally is to build community space for our transgender service members and veterans to express themselves and find community as well as to build power through standing in solidarity with those impacted by this policy.
We are looking for partners to sign on in support of the rally. This partnership does not entail sponsorship, it is expressly for the purposes of standing in solidarity with our communities, the residents of Seattle, and the individuals who bravely serve and sacrifice for our country, voluntarily, and honorably.
The website for the event can be found here with details on the rallies happening around the country.
If you wish to sign on as a partner, click here and fill out the form. Partners will be announced periodically on social media and on the website for the rally.
Thank you for your consideration,
Minority Veterans of America