By Thomas Maxheimer
Republican Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee which oversees the U.S. Military, released a statement indicating that neither he nor his Committee were consulted or informed about Trump’s ban on transgender service members. There are approximately 10,000-15,000 active duty service members currently serving.
Governor Gina Raimondo signed a bill that bans so called “conversion therapy” for minors. The other states that have laws protecting youth are: Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico.
The ACLU and Lambda Legal continue the fight for transgender rights by calling the HB2 replacement bill, HB142 a “discriminatory replacement” which fails to address the harmful aspects of the original bill.