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 STATEMENT BY STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB

ON TRUMP'S EFFORT TO BAN TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS FROM THE MILITARY

 

Transgender service members who have shown their commitment to protecting our freedoms deserve only commendation for their dedication to our country.

In a tweetstorm this morning, President Trump announced that our transgender patriots would no longer be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military. This action is an affront to the dignity of our transgender service members. It is also harmful to our country’s national security interests.

The politically motivated attack on our active service members by Trump and Congressional Republicans reverses inclusionary steps taken by the Obama Administration, which established a policy that service members “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.”

The Stonewall Democratic Club stands united against the Trump Administration's discriminatory policies targeting our communities.  Steve Dunwoody, a Senior Advisor to Vote Vets and a member of Stonewall Democratic Club’s steering committee said, “This bigoted attempt to bar transgender Americans from service in the Armed Forces is a smack in the face to the more than 7,000 transgender people currently serving here and abroad. This comes on the heels of the 69th anniversary of the desegregation of the military by President Truman.”

“We're banned from bathrooms, we’re banned from professional spaces, and now we're being banned from the military. The objective of this hate policy is to ban us from every space within society until we cease to exist,” said Ashlee Marie Preston, Stonewall Transgender Affairs Chair.

Stonewall President Lester Aponte said, “The Stonewall Democratic Club condemns this regressive, mean-spirited policy and pledges to fight to reverse it in every way we can.  And we urge our community, and all Americans, to speak out for our transgender citizens, who are daily marginalized, brutalized and rejected.”

The Stonewall Democratic Club demands that transgender service members be allowed to continue their service and, furthermore, insists that the military begin active recruitment of transgender individuals who are willing and ready to serve. We call on Congress to take immediate action to protect the rights of all Americans to serve in our armed forces.  

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED STONEWALL OFFICERS

On July 24, 2017, the membership of the Stonewall Democratic Club elected new officers.

Lester F. Aponte is Stonewall's newly elected President and Amanda Smash Hyde and Sean Kolodji were elected to VP positions, joining Jane Wishon and Steve Bott who are staying on in their VP roles. Reuben Zadeh was elected Controller and Sam Frank will continue to serve as Secretary. 

Taylor Bazley and Craig Scott were elected to male at-large positions along with Jerilyn Stapleton and Nadia Sutton.

 

Below is the Stonewall Democratic Club's newly elected executive board:

 

President - Lester Aponte

VP, Operations - Steve Bott

VP, Political - Jane Wishon

VP, Community - Amanda Smash Hyde

VP, Communications - Sean Kolodji

Controller - Reuben Zadeh

Secretary - Sam Frank

Male-at-Large - Taylor Bazley & Craig Scott

Female-at-Large - Jerilyn Stapleton & Nadia Sutton

 

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