Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) joined eight other U.S. veterans organizations on a powerful
brief submitted to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in opposition to the proposed ban on military service by
transgender individuals. The brief uses the direct words and experiences of veterans and current service members to demonstrate that allowing
transgender troops to openly serve strengthens our military.
TAVA President Evan Young, a retired US Army Major and Transgender American, affirmed that every patriot that is fit and determined to serve their nation has the courage and ability to meet the highest standards set by our armed forces to defend democracy, freedom, and American values around the world. “Unit cohesion is bonded stronger by the presence of transgender members. It is testament to our competence and performance, not to any perceived gender incongruity.”
The United Military Voices brief was filed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP on behalf of TAVA along with the American Veterans Alliance, American Veterans for Equal Rights, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Minority Veterans of America, Swords to Plowshares, Truman Center for National Policy, U.S. & Latin Veterans’ Support Embassy, and VoteVets.org.
The battle for our honor, our duty, our right to serve did not end with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t tell. As proud patriots who have served
in our American armed forces, we will carry on demanding that every single able bodied volunteer may serve as who they are, with dignity and