FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 25, 2017
Media Contact: Sue Fulton
SPARTA Statement on New White House Guidance
Washington, DC – SPARTA, the largest organization of transgender Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, released the following statement in response to new Presidential guidance that would purge transgender service members from the US Armed Forces:
“As transgender service members, we are and have always been Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen first. We serve our country honorably, in good faith.
Transgender service members are currently deployed to various locations around the world in defense of our Nation. The average transgender service member has eight years of service and served two or more deployments. Deployments are a staple of military life. Transgender service members have shown they are fully capable of doing the job they are called upon to do, and so we will continue until directed otherwise.”
About SPARTA: Founded in 2013, SPARTA is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who currently serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces and their families. SPARTA’s membership includes over 600 transgender Americans actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The name SPARTA originated as an acronym for “Servicemembers, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All.”