Call Of The Day: Stand With Transgender Military Members

Adapted from 5calls.org

In late July, Trump tweeted that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender troops to serve in any capacity.  He followed this up with a memo last week that got overshadowed by the hurricane landfall, stating that the Secretary of Defense has six months to now implement the ban.

Trump claims that transgender troops burden and disrupt the military, but a Pentagon-commissioned study contradicts this.  Researchers found it would cost between $2-8 million to provider gender confirmation services to transgender troops, or just 0.01% of the $598 billion the U.S. military spent in 2015.

Furthermore, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen has clearly stated that transgender troops ought to serve openly and proudly, saying, "Thousands of transgender Americans are currently serving in uniform and there is no reason to single out these brave men and women and deny them the medical care that they require."

Today we call our Congressmen to demand they speak out against this discriminatory policy.  While you're on the phone with them, please also ask that FEMA and hurricane research/pre-disaster mitigation programs be fully funded as well (yesterday's call).

WHO TO CALL:

Senators Cassidy & Kennedy, Representative Scalise OR Representative Richmond

Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)

Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (504) 581-6190 <-- NOTE THERE'S NOW A NOLA OFFICE!

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Steve Scalise: DC OFFICE: 202-225-3015 OR Representative Cedric Richmond: DC OFFICE: 202-225-6636

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representative.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script- 

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling to ask the Senator/Representative to denounce Trump's discriminatory ban on trans people serving in the military.  These dedicated Americans should have the right to serve their country, even if they need special medical care.  Furthermore, I want to know what the Congressman plans to do to ensure the federal government is not discriminating against transgender Americans.

Thank you for your time, and for your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.