Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Castro rally to protest Trump’s trans military ban

Donald Trump, host of the television series "The Celebrity Apprentice," mugs for photographers at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Donald Trump (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

A rally to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday (July 26) at Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco’s Castro district.

Trump announced the ban on Twitter Wednesday morning. His move has been widely criticized by officials around the country.

In a statement calling Trump’s ban “vile and hateful,” U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), said, “This morning’s tweets reveal a president with no loyalty to the courageous men and women in uniform who risk their lives to defend our freedoms. This disgusting ban will weaken our military and the nation it defends.”

Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts), who chairs the LGBT Equality Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force, stated, “When our bravest men and women raise their hand and volunteer to defend our nation, they defend all of her people. … Our soldiers do not discriminate. They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect some lives and not others. Their government owes them that courtesy – that decency – in return.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy issued a statement that said, “This nation’s guiding principles promise equal protections and rights for everyone, which includes the honor of joining the military and sacrificing for one’s country. These are brave, honorable individuals who seek to serve their country by putting their lives on the line in defense of others. To deny them those rights based on their gender identity is bigoted and marks a betrayal of American values. In San Francisco, we will continue to practice compassion, empathy and inclusiveness, while offering full protections for every one of our residents. We will always fight for the rights of our transgender community.”


— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 26, 2017 @ 1:17 pm PST
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