June 13, 2019 at 11:25 am PDT | by Staff reports
American support for trans rights increases

Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur announces Stockman v Trump lawsuit against the Trans military ban in 2017 (Photo courtesy Equality California)

Polling by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released June 11 shows that 62% of Americans who were surveyed have become more supportive of transgender rights than five years ago.

“About three-quarters (76%) of Democrats report they have become more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years, compared to 64% of independents and only 47% of Republicans. Notably, increased support crosses ideological divides within the parties. Conservative Republicans (40%) stand out as the only ideological group with less than half reporting increased support for transgender rights,” PRRI says.

Significantly, support for military trans service increased among Republicans by 10 points in the past two years — from 37% in 2017 to 47% in 2019.

Despite the polling results, President Donald Trump remains at odds with the American public as his administration faces four separate lawsuits, including one, Stockman v Trump, filed by Equality California and joined by the State of California.

Trump recently explained his inaccurate position to British talk show host Piers Morgan.

“You have to have a standard and you have to stick by that standard,” Trump said.  “We have a great military, and I want to keep it that way. And maybe they [Transgender troops] would be phenomenal. I think they probably would be. But again, you have very strict rules and regulations on drugs and prescription drugs and all of these different things.”

Incorrectly, Trump decried the costs of gender affirmation surgery for Trans servicemembers that also requires “a significant regimen of drugs for whatever reason.” He implied that the affects would hinder military readiness and “deployability.”

“President Trump’s factually incorrect defense of his transgender military ban…shows ignorance about the realities of military service and regulations, as well as a lack of knowledge of the science and medical research on transgender people,” said Aaron Belkin, Executive Director of the Palm Center at UC/Santa Barbara.  “Trump asserted falsely that active-duty servicemembers cannot take even so much as an aspirin; and he repeated the debunked canards that medical care for transgender servicemembers is unmanageably expensive and that trans troops cannot be held to the same standards as other troops.”

“What’s as crystal clear as it was in August 2017 is that the president doesn’t know the first thing about transgender healthcare or military service,” Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California, told the Los Angeles Blade. “We know that’s true. The American people know that’s true. And now the president’s own Department of Defense has suggested as much. No matter how many increasingly absurd justifications the White House offers for it, the president’s ban on transgender military service remains unpatriotic, unpopular and unconstitutional.”

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