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posted Friday, July 28, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 30
Local leaders, transgender military veterans, service members respond to Trump's tweets

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan's statement on Trump administration attacks on LGBTQ Americans
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Local leaders, transgender military veterans, service members respond to Trump's tweets

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan's statement on Trump administration attacks on LGBTQ Americans

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, one of the highest ranking LGBTQ Department of Justice officials and first openly gay U.S. Attorney, issued the following statement after President Trump's tweet banning transgender people from serving their country, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing of a brief in federal court arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars workplace discrimination, does not protect people from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.



'This is deeply personal for me - these decisions from the Trump White House are discriminatory, ignorant, and dishonorable. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions' actions are not just threats to LGBTQ rights, they undermine the best American values. It is stunning that we still have to fight for these basic rights.

'As U.S. Attorney, I was proud to work with Attorney General Eric Holder at a Justice Department that actually protected all civil rights, including LGBTQ rights. No one can enjoy equality, unless we all enjoy equality. That is why I formed a special civil rights unit within our office to prioritize the enforcement of fair housing laws, language access services in our courts system, and the employment and housing rights of soldiers and veterans, including our brave LGBTQ soldiers and veterans. We brought hate crimes prosecutions to protect the Sikh community and the LGBTQ community. Finally, we fought hard for police reforms.

'Trump and Sessions want to unlawfully take us backwards - I am grateful we have independent federal courts to stop them, and protect our American values and laws.

'Seattle is a city that has lead the nation on LGBTQ rights, and as mayor, I will have the experience to fight Trump and win when the rights of individuals here in Seattle are at stake.'

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