Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara pledges support for transgender troops
News: 2019 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the following statement pledging support for transgender troops following the Supreme Court’s action on pending lawsuits. Commissioner Lara is the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in California’s history.
“We will never stop fighting to protect the rights of the estimated 4,000 transgender Americans who proudly serve in our armed forces and our many transgender veterans. Diversity in our armed forces strengthens national security, from the inclusion of women, Japanese Americans and African Americans over the past century to the acceptance of LGBTQ service members today. Transgender troops are no different from other Americans in their desire and capacity to serve our Nation, no matter what the Trump Administration says. As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I stand ready to assist any of our service members who would suffer discrimination or discharge as a result of this injustice.”
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