The Pride Community Service Organization(PCSO) in Lexington, Kentucky would like to take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms possible, President Donald Trump’s decision today to not allow transgender individuals to join or serve in the U.S. military. This decision is most certainly about bigotry and discrimination and not military readiness. Our larger LGBTQ+ community can no longer sit idly by and watch as this administration destroys human lives while making wrong-headed and most certainly political decisions like the one today.
Many transgender people are serving and many have served our nation’s military defending our freedoms with honor and bravery and we at the PCSO thank them and strongly support them now and in the future. Right now, there are an estimated 15,000 transgender individuals serving in the military and we want them to know that our thoughts are with you and your families right now. We vow to not stop speaking out about this terrible injustice and others that are happening at this time in our history.
We at the PCSO believe that this action against the transgender community, taken today on July 26, 2017 by the President of the United States, will certainly go down as one of the most shameful actions by the Trump Administration.