Transnational soldiers attack Trump
Donald Trump must be facing a new front of protests. Five transgender women employed by the armed US ed engaged Wednesday, August 9 legal proceedings against the president of the United States and against the Pentagon. In case the recent announcement of the Republican billionaire stipulating that transgender people could no longer work in the army.
The prosecutions were launched in a federal court by the five complainants, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Army. Under pseudonyms, they evoke uncertainties about their future, including potential dismissal or their pension rights.
The complaint was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad). It is estimated that up to 15,000 transgender people could serve in the US Army currently on 1.3 million active service personnel.
“The Trump directive to exclude transgender service in the army caused a huge wave of damage that is already being felt across our army”, did know Shannon Minter, Legal Director of NCLR.
“The transgender soldiers have been taken by surprise by this development and are struggling to understand what it means for their future and for their families,” she said.
The complaint concerns Mr. Trump, but also Defense Minister Jim Mattis and several other senior military officials. The US president made his statement uncoordinated with the Pentagon and during the defense minister’s holidays, leaving the ministry to rush to give a coherent position.
A measure still not effective
Barack Obama decided in 2016 to open the army to transgender recruits. In early July, Donald Trump’s defense minister decided to delay the implementation of the measure. Donald Trump buried the change a few weeks later, saying the “government of the United States will not accept [it] not or will [it] not transgender people to serve (…) in the US Army”.
According to the complaint, reintroducing this prohibition constitutes discrimination contrary to the Constitution. But for the time being, the government has still not translated this statement into a real directive, according to a statement by an army spokesman at the New York Times.
“There will be no changes to the political current as Presidential Directive has not been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has not issued any instructions to put in place”, had At the end of July General Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chief of Staff.
But the lack of government guidelines is not an argument for Shannon Minter of the NCLR. According to her, the announcement of the president has already harmed the transgender soldiers because of the uncertainty that it generated. “It is essential to act now”, she assured the New York Times.
At least three other organizations – Lambda OutServe and the American Civil Liberties Union – already have already stated their readiness to launch prosecutions. They are waiting for Donald Trump to translate his words into action.