Cathedral Dean Responds to Presidential Decision to Restrict Transgender Military Service Members

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Trump’s announcement through a series of tweets on July 26, 2017, that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the United States military, The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed by the decision to exclude the transgender community from military service. We are stronger as a nation when we respect the identities of all and allow people to serve their country based solely on their ability.

“To those that believe this decision advances Christian values, it does not. Rather, it is a gift to those who seek to misuse religion to justify discrimination against the transgender community.

“Transgender people across the country should know they are beloved by God and respected citizens of this country – principles that should be reflected in our laws, and in the teachings of the church. Whoever you are, wherever you are, Washington National Cathedral stands with you. You will always be welcome in our house.”


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