National Guard leaders in five states have decided to defy the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military. The states of California, New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington are refusing to discharge their trans soldiers in the National Guard.T
Two months ago, the assistant adjunct general for the California National Guard announced they would not be dismissing trans troops.
‘Nobody’s going to kick you out,’ Major General Matthew Beevers said at the time.
Now, four more states are following suit. The governors of New Mexico, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington have decided to retain their transgender soldiers.
Each of the 50 states have their own National Guard units, primarily under the governor’s control. Because of this, many governors have been emboldened by this chain of command to defy Trump’s discriminatory policy.
‘We are not going to discharge any transgender individual from serving in our state National Guard, nor would this state ever discriminate against someone based on their gender identity,’ a spokesperson for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.
‘The State of Nevada does not discriminate against anyone, including and especially servicemembers, based on gender identity or expression,’ Helen Kalla, communications director for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, told The Daily Beast.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown told The Daily Beast she’s ‘appalled that the Supreme Court is delivering an intentional blow to civil rights by supporting a push from the Trump Administration to bar transgender people from serving in the military.’
‘I will use every option available to ensure that every eligible Oregonian, regardless of gender identity, can serve their state and country,’ Gov. Brown stated.
In Washington State, a spokesperson for Gov. Jay Inslee told The Daily Beast that they stand ‘in solidarity with transgender Americans across the country in opposing this policy and won’t stop fighting until it is defeated.’
‘Until then, we will continue to welcome transgender service members to the greatest extent possible under the rules,’ the spokesperson continued. ‘It’s our understanding that is what New Mexico is doing as well.’