Chairman Crowley Statement on Defense Department's Decision to Delay Enlistment for Transgender Individuals

July 1, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, NY) - House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Defense announced a six-month delay in allowing openly transgender individuals to enlist:

“Delaying opportunities for openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military and serve their country is a misguided and offensive decision by the Trump administration. As we learned after Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed, our military is made stronger when talented, motivated, and capable individuals are able to join its ranks free from fear of discrimination. Openly gay men and women have served their country faithfully since that law was repealed and I have seen no evidence to support that a delay is warranted for those transgender individuals who want to serve. I urge the Department of Defense to immediately reverse this decision and allow transgender individuals to enlist."