Transgender actress Laverne Cox has spoken out in response to President Donald Trumps’ transgender military ban:
“I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current President,” Cox says in a statement to EW. “This latest reversal of another Obama administration policy continues to send the message to trans Americans that our lives, our safety and service are less valuable and unwanted in this country, the country I love and hold so dear.”
My fellow trans Americans despite what some may say your existence is valuable. Your lives, safety, & service matter. #TransIsBeautiful
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 26, 2017
Transgender Americans will not be silenced by this administration. To the celebrities speaking out for transgender rights, thank you. To those cisgender allies who have spoken out today or reached out to me, thank you. It means a lot. While I’m not a service member one of my earliest transgender friends is in the military and I worry about her future in her current role and all the transgender members of the military.