WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce his administration would ban transgender Americans from all military service. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
"This is disgraceful. Thousands of transgender women and men serve in our nation's military, risking their lives every day to keep Americans safe. By reinstating this backwards, regressive policy, Donald Trump just sent a very clear message. He always illustrated antipathy towards LGBTQ Americans - that we knew - but he will actively push for policies that discriminate against them. We stand in solidarity with LGBTQ families and patriots everywhere, and will fight back against this president - and the Republicans in Congress who continue to prop up his radical agenda - every step of the way."
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.