In introducing Equality Act, Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's transgender military ban 'disgusting'

Fri. March 15, 2019 10:27 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Washington, D.C. - In introducing legislation on Wednesday that seeks to prohibit LGBT discrimination, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described President Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops "disgusting."

The Department of Defense this week announced that the ban would take effect on April 12.

(Related: Defense Department says it will implement transgender military ban on April 12.)

In her remarks at a news conference to announce the introduction of the Equality Act, Pelosi described the ban as "hateful."

Pelosi said that she was "especially upset that last night we're all sickened and saddened to see the president revive his hateful transgender service ban."

"No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the military should be turned away," she continued. "So sad."

"So, we have important work to do. We [will be] fighting to defeat this disgusting ban and we must approve [the Equality Act]," she added.

(Related: Pete Buttigieg endorsed LGBT protections bill Equality Act.)

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