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Tim Cook CEO at Apple

We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
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Kristin Beck Transgender retired United States Navy SEAL, writer

The money [for transgenders in the army] is negligible, you're talking about .000001% of the military budget.
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Jennifer Sims Captain in the United States Army

From what I have experienced, open transgender service strengthens our military. Enabling soldiers to pursue their gender identity allows them to feel a part of the Army’s team and empowers them to be all they can be. Every soldier deserves to have that experience, including the thousands who are transgender.
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Ash Carter Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professor

We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
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Barack Obama Former President of United States of America

All Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
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Sundar Pichai CEO, @google

I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
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Mark Zuckerberg CEO at Facebook

Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
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Sheryl Sandberg American technology executive, activist, and author

We should be grateful for everyone, including those in the transgender community, willing to serve our country
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Canadian Forces The official Twitter page of the Canadian Armed Forces. En français: @ForcesCanada. For DND up

We welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities [in the Canadian Forces]
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Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Shameful to discriminate against transgendered individuals in the military. Lets all of us work to help any that're affected find new jobs.
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Adam Smith Democrat, member of the United States House of Representatives

Trump's announcement "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."
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Joni Ernst American politician

What is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
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Kevin Yoder Republican US Representative

In an era where the United States depends on a voluntary fighting force to protect our freedoms, anyone who wants to serve our country should be able to. But I believe taxpayer dollars should not be spent on gender reassignment therapies or surgeries
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Alex Burton Commander UK Maritime Forces - Husband, Father, Warrior, Sailor

No, we don't support that ban. I want our military to be completely open. It is right that the military should be equally open to anybody, irrespective of their race, their colour, their gender their sexuality. That is only right.
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Sheri Swokowski Retired Army colonel and vice chair of the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund

The most important thing in the military is getting the job done. Gender identity has nothing to do with it.
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Brynn Tannehill Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy and founding member of the LGBT military organization SPART*A

The idea that it’s too expensive to retain transgender service members is laughable to me. It costs more to replace two highly trained transgender service members [in the US army] than to provide health care for every last one of them
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56 retired generals and admirals from every branch of the U.S. military

This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the fa... See More
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Tarah Demant Director of Amnesty International USA's Gender, Sexuality, and Identity programme

Today's announcement [i.e. Trump's announced ban for transgender individuals in the US army] violates human rights of all transgender Americans. It lays bare the President's prejudice and underlines the fact that creating policy based on bigotry is becoming a dangerous and a cruel pattern for President Trump. The administration continues to target minority communities without pause and without fac... See More

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James Mattis United States Secretary of Defense

On my first day as Secretary of Defense, I wrote, ‘Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future.’ It is imperative we align our actions to our larger mission and that we disaggregate priorities that increase the lethality of our forces from functions that are wasteful and unnecessary
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Donald J. Trump President of the USA

Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail
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Steve King US representative for Iowa

We don’t need to be experimenting with the military. Plus there’s no reason to take on that kind of financial burden
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Rick Perry 14th Secretary of @Energy and former Governor of Texas.

The idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics. I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable
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Rep. Vicky Hartzler Republican U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2011

By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications. [...] This is also an issue of fairness. Currently we refuse entrance into our armed forces fo... See More
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American Family Assc US NGO promoting fundamentalist Christian values

AFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness. American families deserve a military that is focused solely on readiness and national defense
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James Hasson Catholic. Afghanistan Veteran. Contributor to @FDRLST on military/vets issues. Love Thee Notre

The military has always been at the forefront of civil rights and equality in our society, and that should never change. But this policy [i.e. allowing transgender individuals in the army] is not a question of equality, it is a matter of basic safety and combat effectiveness. It asks the other 39 soldiers in a transgender soldier’s platoon to potentially sacrifice their safety for one soldier’s af... See More
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Ron Crews Executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

Millions of dollars and training hours have been consumed with lectures on how to deploy transgender personnel in a war zone that has laws against that behavior. Military commanders should be focused on fighting wars, not on how to deal with transgender personnel

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