YWCA USA Stands in Solidarity with Transgender People Serving in the Military

Press Release –

Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“President Trump’s announcement that he plans to ban transgender individuals from military service is discriminatory, plain and simple. Our country should not reverse policies that cause us to lose valuable military talent. All Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to serve our country. YWCA USA stands in solidarity with the transgender community on this issue, both now and in the future.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more: www.ywca.org.

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