Five transgender women in the US military are suing President Donald Trump and the Pentagon over Trump’s recent announcement to enforce a ban on transgender people serving in uniform.
In the lawsuit filed in a Federal Court on Wednesday, the five plaintiffs from the Air Force, Coast Guard and the Army said they faced uncertainty about their futures, including whether they would be fired or lose post-military and retirement benefits.
The lawsuit was filed against Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattistis and other senior military officials by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLAAD, a legal advocacy group.
THEWILL recalls that Trump, in a series of tweets last month overturned an Obama-era policy of more than a year that allowed transgender people serve in the military.
All the unidentified “Jane Doe” plaintiffs were previously men who have transitioned to being female.
“Trump’s directive to exclude transgender people from military service has created a tidal wave of harms that have already been felt throughout our armed services,” NCLR legal director Shannon Minter said.
“Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families.”
The lawsuit asserts that reinstating the transgender ban is unconstitutional.
The number of transgender troops among America’s 1.3 million active duty service members is small, with estimates ranging from between 1,320 and 15,000.