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LGBT advocate, veterans react on Trump to ban transgender people from military

In a series of tweets President Donald Trump, announced his intentions to ban transgender people from enlisting in the military, July, 26, 2017. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- In a series of tweets from President Donald Trump, he announced his intentions to ban transgender people from enlisting in the military.

"We stand with the transgender community," said Kathy Flores, anti-violence manager with the group, Diverse and Resilient.

It's a non-profit, based out of Milwaukee, which offers support to the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender community.

"When I read the president's tweets this morning, it's really just a violation of our mission," continued Flores.

She says the order promotes discrimination, "For those who are already serving our country, they're in the military already, this creates a hostile work environment."

Vietnam Veteran, Wade Vanryzin of Appleton, says he has mixed feelings, "I feel that anyone who is willing to raise their right hand and serve the country, deserves a chance to do that."

But he says the president makes the decisions, "The president is a part of that constitution, he's my commander and chief. What he decides we have to follow. I don't know how you merge those two conflicted opinions."

As for Flores, "We want them to know that we support them."

FOX 11 reached out to House members Mike Gallagher and Glenn Grothman, as well as Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin for their thoughts.

Baldwin responded, in a statement:

Gallagher also sent a statement, explaining, " As such I do not believe gender reassignment surgery is an appropriate use of defense dollars and oppose policies that hamper the Pentagon's ability to deploy forces quickly and win wars decisively. But the composition of our military after years of devastating cuts and amidst growing national security threats deserves more careful consideration than Twitter can provide

Grothman, as well as Sen. Johnson did not respond for comment.


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