Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Trump’s Decision to Implement Military Transgender Ban

July 26, 2017
Press Release
Lowey: President’s decision “is an insult to the valor and heroism of every American in uniform”

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision to bar transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military:

“Every member of the U.S. military deserves our profound respect and gratitude for their sacrifices and service. President Trump’s misguided decision to ban transgender individuals from the military is an insult to the valor and heroism of every American in uniform. Gender identity has nothing to do with qualifications to serve. The world is a dangerous place, and forcing out thousands of highly-trained, highly-skilled American troops would undermine both our readiness and national security. I strongly denounce President Trump’s hateful policy and urge him to reconsider this discriminatory and dangerous proposal.”