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Grijalva: Trump ban on transgender troops 'disgusting & unpatriotic'

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Rep. Raul Grijalva released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity."

"With this ban, President Trump has callously turned his back on more than 15,000 current active transgender service members, the LGBT community, and our nation. Military service members who bravely serve in the name of freedom, liberty, and rights for ALL deserve a better Commander-in-Chief. To claim that more than 15,000 active – and over 134,000 veteran – transgender service members are a 'burden' and a 'disruption,' is disgusting and unpatriotic."

"As a LGBTQ ally, I extend my gratitude to those who make sacrifices for our country and continue to pledge my unwavering support to them."

Grijalva's estimate of the number of serving trangender troops is considerably larger than the figure determined in a 2016 study by the RAND Corporation, which found that 1,320-6,630 servicemembers in the active component were transgender personnel.

Grijalva's staff said the congressman used figures from the Human Rights Campaign, based on a 2014 UCLA study.

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