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For Immediate Release

August 25, 2017

SAGE Condemns President Trump’s Directive Banning Transgender Recruits in the Military

Trump's directive to ban transgender service members is wrong-headed, cruel, and un-American

[New York, NY] SAGE, the nation’s largest and oldest organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders, stands with our transgender community in opposing the Trump administration’s directive to ban U.S. military recruits.

“President Trump’s directive to the Department of Defense to ban transgender service members is wrong-headed, cruel, and un-American,” says SAGE CEO Michael Adams. “Many transgender elders and SAGE constituents have proudly served their country through all manner of war and adversity; many more serve currently. This latest display of bigotry by the Trump administration is an insult to them and to all Americans who believe in fairness.”

Just weeks ago, SAGE strongly condemned the administration’s first comments about a possible ban against transgender people serving in the military. SAGE will continue to speak out when any member of our LGBT community is confronted with discrimination.  We refuse to be invisible.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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