LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Monday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that reverses the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops joining the U.S. military.
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada released the following statement in support of Biden's executive order:
"The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) supports this morning’s actions by President Biden to eliminate the trans military ban enacted by the previous administration to ensure that transgender Americans will be able to serve their country with pride.
“Transgender service members deserve the same respect and gratitude as other members of our nation’s military,” says John Waldron, CEO of The Center.
The ban was a vivid illustration of the discrimination that many transgender Americans experience all too often. The reaction to the military ban was an example of a bipartisan group of leaders coming together to do the right thing and reject anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
Despite this step forward, LGBTQ+ individuals remain vulnerable to discrimination in other areas of life because of insufficient nondiscrimination protections. It is time to pass federal legislation providing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ+ Americans, like the Equality Act."