The transgender military ban imposed by President Donald Trump went into effect Friday, ending the careers of over 13,000 trans service members.
In response, many public figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and activism took to social media to blast the discriminatory policy.
Chief among them was Hillary Clinton, Trump's challenger in the 2016 presidential election. "The administration's ban on transgender servicemembers begins today. It is abhorrent. Every American should be able to serve their country, and I can't believe we're still debating that in 2019. We have to reverse this as soon as we can."
Cher, one of the LGBTQ community's greatest allies, also took to Twitter to express her heartbreak about the ban, which she saw as "another example of Trump pandering to his rightwing base."
See more outrage below.
Transgender Military Ban Goes In2 Effect 2day. MyBreaks 4 The More Than 6000 Trans Soldiers,Whose life’s Dream It Is,2 Serve& Protect Fellow Citizens.This Is Another Example Of trump Pandering 2 His Rightwing Base.trump”HAS NO CONVICTIONS”..HE HAS VINDICTIVENESS 4 EFFECT
— Cher (@cher) April 12, 2019
The administration's ban on transgender servicemembers begins today. It is abhorrent. Every American should be able to serve their country, and I can't believe we're still debating that in 2019. We have to reverse this as soon as we can.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2019
Trump & Pence's #TransMilitaryBan goes into effect today. At this difficult moment for trans service members, their families, and those wishing to serve, please know that a grateful nation supports you & we will never stop fighting for you. pic.twitter.com/J3MvLsm9Jf
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 12, 2019
Trans people across the nation: We see you. The #TransMilitaryBan is a step in the President’s attempt to discriminate against our LGBTQ+ community. Through my role on @HASCDems I’ll keep fighting for equality for our transgender troops. #ProtectTransTroops pic.twitter.com/nlwoR1vHYp
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) April 12, 2019
Trump’s ban on patriotic, qualified Americans who want to serve our country is wrong. I stand with transgender servicemembers who strengthen our military and fight to protect our democracy & freedoms. #FightTheBan #ProtectTransTroops #TransMilitaryBan pic.twitter.com/oGXo3X7Zup
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) April 12, 2019
Make no mistake, @realDonaldTrump’s #TransMilitaryBan will be defeated. Our past, present and future is built on a promise that everyone counts. To all the trans servicemembers & their families, please know this country sees you & we are grateful for your sacrifice.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) April 12, 2019
Let me be clear - there is no evidence that service by transgender people negatively impacts unit cohesion, effectiveness, or readiness. Trump's #TransMilitaryBan is rooted solely in unsubstantiated & discriminatory claims. #FightTheBan #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/sFZSwZxAvI
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) April 12, 2019
This is not just an LGBTQ issue or a military issue. This is a human rights issue. Last month I proudly voted for HRes 124 to oppose and lift the #TransMilitaryBan. Today the ban goes into effect but we will continue to #FightTheBan and #ProtectTransTroops. pic.twitter.com/GbysUpIOnq
— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) April 12, 2019
Donald Trump's discriminatory and cruel #TransMilitaryBan goes into effect today, but the fight to protect these patriots is far from over. Transgender people who have volunteered to serve in our military make this nation safer. We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) April 12, 2019
To the transgender Americans who serve in our Armed Forces:
You deserve better.
We stand with you in opposing Trump’s reprehensible, vile, and discriminatory ban.https://t.co/jAYb8EnnJB
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 12, 2019
Trump’s ban on Trans military members goes into effect today. I’ve joined @glaad in changing my profile photo to the #ampersand which signifies that I stand with ALL marginalized communities. Today I raise my fist in the air in solidarity with my #Trans fam. Will U?#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/7GGBSeLGyU
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) April 12, 2019