Statement on Transgender Military Ban
July 26, 2017
Delta Lambda Phi is deeply alarmed with President Trump’s statement today on Twitter that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” For many people, the ability to serve your country is one of the most basic rights of citizenship. Reinstating this ban on transgender individuals in the military is an attack on our community that only serves to support widespread misinformation and further the division in the United States.
President Trump’s series of tweets also went on to state that the U.S. military “…cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” To insist that transgender individuals are, by their very existence in the U.S. military, a “disruption” is inflammatory and dehumanizing. If the U.S. military enforces this discriminatory ban by reinstating anti-transgender policies, it will be a major step backwards in the progress that has been made for transgender Americans in recent years.
Delta Lambda Phi believes that these statements and actions are unacceptable and are a direct attack on our military, transgender service members, and transgender individuals in our society. We are committed, through our values, to locally, nationally, and globally support the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. To our transgender and gender non-conforming Brothers, and members of society, we want you to know nothing about you is a burden. Be your bold and authentic self and know that we will stand with you in the fight against these discriminatory actions.
To echo the statement that was made following the 2016 presidential election, Delta Lambda Phi is needed now more than ever before. We urge our members to continue to be bold and make your presence make a difference for all marginalized peoples at all levels. Furthermore, we encourage other organizations to stand up for the transgender community and their right to serve this country.
In the eternal bond of brotherhood,
Executive Director and CEO
Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity
Founded in 1986 in Washington D.C., Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity is the first nationally recognized Greek-Letter organization founded by gay men for all men. The membership of Delta Lambda Phi is open to all college men who supports its values. Delta Lambda Phi is the first fraternity of its kind to be recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and has 30 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada. More information about Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity can be found at www.dlp.org.