(WB) LGBT advocacy groups have banded together to release a television ad that attacks President Donald Trump’s ban against transgender service members in the military.
Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, the American Military Partner Association and Gender Justice League debuted the ad titled “Patriots” on CNN, MSNBC and Fox morning shows on Friday.
“An impulsive president tweets that transgender Americans won’t be allowed to serve,” the ad says. “But decorated military leaders say there’s no reason to single out these brave men and women.”
It features quotes from military, national security and bipartisan officials opposing the ban including Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sen. Tammy Duckwork (D-Ill.)and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
The television ad accompanies a full-page print ad in USA Today and 32 other Gannett newspapers making it the biggest paid media campaign against the ban.
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence have pursued this unconscionable, unconstitutional ban despite the opposition of our military leaders, national security officials, bipartisan lawmakers, and the vast majority of Americans who believe that brave, qualified transgender troops should be allowed to serve their country,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “It’s long past time the White House abandon this reckless, unconstitutional ban and give these brave individuals the dignity, respect and honor they deserve.”
— Mariah Cooper, Washington Blade courtesy of the National LGBTQ Media Association.