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Justice Center: Trump’s transgender ban consistent with his “cruel and exclusionary view of the world”

The North Carolina Justice Center — parent organization of NC Policy Watch issued the following official statement late today condemning President Trump’s latest action to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces.

The North Carolina Justice Center is deeply disappointed in President Trump’s impulsive, disturbing and highly disruptive decision, announced as policy via Twitter, banning transgender individuals from serving in the US military. The harm it entails goes far beyond the courageous, patriotic individuals it bans. This ban is discriminatory in both its intent and its effect. It will create uncertainty and instability, including severe economic distress, for families who call North Carolina home. The absurd process used to decide and announce this decision lessens our credibility, let alone security, as well as the military’s capacity to implement any aspect of this ill-informed, destructive decision. And the signal of intolerance it sends about how we treat each other and view the world is even worse.

As an organization committed to opportunity and fairness for all–and to policies that ensure every person in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment they need to achieve economic security–we recognize this announcement as part of this White House’s cruel and exclusionary view of the world that has been front and center for some time. We will continue to stand with LGBT communities in North Carolina and to pursue policies that move us toward fair treatment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. We can only hope, as nearly universal condemnation of this decision pours in from all sides, the White House will reconsider this ban and allow capable, professional, patriotic citizens, regardless of gender identity, to serve and protect this nation and highlight its values.

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