- Title: Transgender activists protest Trump's ban on their service
- Date: 27th July 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, U.S.A. (JULY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PAN FROM TIMES SQUARE TO TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS AT PROTEST HOLDING SIGNS AND CHEERING SIDE VIEW OF CROWD WITH RAINBOW FLAG FLYING OVERHEAD PAN OF CROWD PAN FROM CROWD TO RAINBOW FLAG PROTESTERS HOLDING POSTERS THAT READ 'RESIST' AND 'WE OBJECT' AND CHANTING 'HEY HEY, HO HO. DONALD TRUMP HAS GOT TO GO' PROTESTERS CHEERING AND HOLDING UP POSTERS THAT READ 'RESIST' (SOUNDBITE) (English) LETITIA JAMES, PUBLIC ADVOCATE FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK, SAYING IN MEGAPHONE: "As the public advocate of the City of New York, I salute the transgender community. I stand with you and I stand against any form of hate and discrimination. We are together and we will rise up together and we will resist this president." (CROWD CHEERING) "And it's the power of the people that ultimately will bring him down." (CROWD CHEERING) RAINBOW FLAG CROWD CHEERING CROWD CHANTING 'RISE AND RESIST' CROWD CHEERING AND HOLDING POSTERS THAT READ 'RESIST'
- Embargoed: 10th August 2017 00:08
- Keywords: transgender ban on the military transgender protest Trump tweets LGBT
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCW1MV
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- Story Text: On Wednesday (July 26), hundreds of transgender supporters protested in Times Square against President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender soldiers.
Chanting "resist" and "Donald Trump must go," the crowd gathered just hours after the president's tweets.
The Republican president's announcement, made through a series of Twitter posts, upended years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Just last year, the Pentagon ended a prohibition keeping transgender people from serving openly.
Trump, who cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption" for the ban, did not specify how it would be implemented. It remained unclear whether the policy would apply to existing transgender service members or new transgender recruits.
The Pentagon said only that it was working on developing guidance following Trump's tweets.
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