LGBT activists ready to sue Trump administration over military transgender ban

LGBT legal advocacy groups are prepared to sue U.S. President Donald Trump's administration over the transgender military ban which has reportedly been finalized.

(REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst)Demonstrators gather to protest President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military, at the White House in Washington. July 26, 2017.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN previously vowed to take legal action right away if Trump's threat to ban transgender people in the U.S. military was implemented. The two groups said they were willing to go to court to protect the rights of LGBT individuals who are risking their life to serve their country.

"Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive. President Trump has shown that no one is safe from his administration's attacks on LGBT people, not even those who risk their lives to defend our country," Lambda Legal's legal director and Eden/Rushing chair Jon W. Davidson said in a statement. "If this disgraceful tweet actually becomes policy, we will sue in a heartbeat."

Outserve-SLDN executive director Matt Thorn, meanwhile, said Trump's transgender ban "undermines military readiness and effectiveness." He said they will not allow discrimination to destroy good policy.

As reports say that the White House has finalized its policy and called it "A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out,"  the two groups have started putting together testimony from trans military members in preparation for the lawsuit they plan to file.

In a statement, Lambda Legal said, "See you in court, President Trump." 

Meanwhile, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter on Aug. 4 calling on the military to reject Trump's military transgender ban. The letter, which was addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, as well as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, described the president's announcement as "ill-conceived," The Washington Free Beacon relayed.

Aside from that, the letter commended transgender service members for serving the U.S. even without recognition. The Democrats said the ban excluded them from military service on the basis of something that has nothing to do with their capacity to serve their country.

Moreover, the letter said prohibiting transgender individuals from serving in the military was unconstitutional. The 50 Democrats are now asking Mattis and Dunford not to comply if ever they will be ordered to start implementing the ban.