Cantwell Statement on Transgender Americans Serving in the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he is banning transgender Americans from serving in the military. It is estimated that more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serve in our armed forces.

“Transgender service members are honorable and patriotic. They, and all Americans protecting the freedoms and values we hold dear, must receive our utmost respect and dignity. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable. We must defeat this discriminatory policy.”