I was honored to be part of the team of historians and graduate students that composed the amicus brief filed in support of the plaintiffs in Jane Doe 2. et.al. v. Donald J Trump. This lawsuit is currently challenging President Trump’s near total ban on transgender military servicemembers. The brief traces the history of discrimination against minority groups within the United States Armed Forces- namely, African Americans, women, immigrants, gays, and lesbians- under the specious claim that full inclusion of these groups would compromise “military readiness.” The Trump Administration’s attempt to exclude transgender people from military service is latest iteration of a longstanding historical pattern.
You can read the full amicus brief here.