Statement on US Military Exclusion of Transgender Individuals

Our hearts are saddened by news this morning that transgender people are not allowed to serve in the US Military. This move will not prevent transgender people from serving, but it will cause many of those who are already in the military to hide who they are. This serves no purpose but to alienate and stigmatize people who are offering their lives in service to our country, and to enable bigotry and hatred.

For those impacted by this policy, we ask that you cling to the support of your loved ones and community. We have no doubt that this policy will go down as a dark moment in the history of the United States, but that this is only temporary.

TEA of Utah firmly believes that the US Military's might and effectiveness does not depend on the gender of its soldiers.

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TEA of Utah is a statewide transgender (trans) advocacy organization. Trans-inclusion has always been a primary focus of TEA of Utah's work. From ensuring that gender identity is a core part of nondiscrimination and public accommodations ordinances and laws (in addition to sexual orientation) to training hospital staff, government agencies, non profit organizations and business organizations.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or crisis-related issues, support is available. The Trevor Project phone number is 866-488-7386. The Trans Lifeline phone number is 877-565-8860. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 800-273-8255.

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