LGBTQ officials respond to Trump’s tweets about transgender military service

On the heels of President Trump’s announcement banning transgender troops from serving, LGBTQ leaders sprang into action on Wednesday, rallying against the president’s discriminatory messages.

In three tweets Wednesday morning, Trump announced he will “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the military.

As many as 15,000 transgender individuals are already serving in the armed forces, according to a 2014 study by the Williams Institute.

Openly LGBTQ members of Congress and officials from across the U.S. responded online, in press conferences and at a rally in front of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon:

Elected Officials