By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
LGBT Politics — After announcing that Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN had filed a lawsuit against president Trump for his unconstitutional transgender military ban that he announced last Monday, the ACLU has filed a second lawsuit with the assistance of Covington & Burling LLP against the Trump challenging the president’s directive banning transgender service members from continuing to serve or receive their health care as well as banning men and women who are transgender from enlisting starting in 2018.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The individual plaintiffs, all of whom are transgender, include: Ryan Karnoski, a 22-year-old Seattle man who currently works as a social worker and wishes to become an officer doing social work for the military; Staff Sergeant Cathrine (“Katie”) Schmid, a 33-year-old woman and 12-year member of the U.S. Army currently serving in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, who has applied to become an Army Warrant Officer; and Drew Layne, a high-school student from Corpus Christi, Texas, who is about to turn 17 and, with parental support, wants to join the Air Force. HRC and Gender Justice League have joined the lawsuit on behalf of their transgender members who are harmed by the ban.
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