Borderland Rainbow Center reacts as Biden reverses Trump admin’s transgender military ban

El Paso News

Biden follows through on campaign promise

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — President Biden signed the executive order dismantling the ban of transgender people openly serving in the military.

The founder of the Borderland Rainbow Center Dr. Brenda Risch told KTSM 9 News applauded the news.

“For the first time ever, there is clear, strong direction that discrimination against LGBT people is not going to be legal and that is huge — that’s a fundamental change from our previous administration,” Risch said.

Along with Dr. Risch, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar tweeted her support of the new order.

In July 2017, former President Trump released a series of tweets that barred transgender people from serving in the military.

The transgender community that was openly serving in the military were grandfathered in and were able to maintain their status in the armed forces.

Biden’s newly confirmed defense secretary, Lloyd Austin announced his support for overturning the ban during his confirmation hearing last month.

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