'No trans ban!': Hundreds rally against Trump outside White House

Protesters gathered for a Stop Transgender Military Ban demonstration organised by the grassroots movement ReSisters outside the White House, Saturday. The rally was organised in protest at US President Donald Trump's recent announcement of his intention to ban transgender people from joining the army.

Raffi Freedman Gurspan from the National Centre for Transgender Equality stated "trans people across this country sacrifice their lives every day for their fellow neighbours," and Trump shouldn't attack his own troops "only on the bases of who they are."

Retired US Navy Commander Shawn Skelly said it should be up to the military to decide "who is or who isn't qualified to serve our great nation."

Trump cited medical costs and disruption to the military as reasons for the ban, which he announced on Twitter three days ago.

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