The First Challenge to the Military Ban Comes to a Close
August 19, 2021
With the end of the transgender military ban earlier this year and the U.S. armed forces now embracing open service, today GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have officially closed Doe v. Trump, the first lawsuit challenging the ban.
GLAD and NCLR are immensely grateful to transgender servicemembers—past, present, and future—and all who fought to end the ban.
Doe v. Trump was filed in August 2017 following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. military would no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve. The lawsuit asserted that the ban was unconstitutional and the policy was enacted to discriminate, not to serve any legitimate purpose, requesting the court keep the ban from taking effect while the case was being heard in court.