Leaders in the LGBT community are reacting to President Trump's tweets Wednesday on banning transgender persons from serving in the United States military.
"It's kind of disheartening and a little disgusting that our president would do this," K'Danz Cruz, a transgender woman and the director of LGBT services at Open Arms in San Angelo, said.
A series of tweets from the president seek to reinstate a ban that was lifted by the Obama Administration.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The ban will head to the National Security Council, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis and the Pentagon for their support and implementation.
There are as many as 15,000 transgender people serving in the US military, according to USA Today.
A report by the Pentagon states the cost President Trump has cited is no more than $8 million a year.
Meanwhile LGBT leaders like Cruz are speaking out on behalf of transgender military members.
"We can agree to disagree when it comes to politics but we're all human and we all deserve the same respect and the same rights," she said.