The Latest: San Francisco protests Trump's transgender ban
Jul. 27, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on protests against President Donald Trump's declared ban on transgender people serving in the military (all times local):
Several hundred demonstrators gathered at a plaza named after the late San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk to protest President Donald Trump's declaration that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military.
Demonstrators waved pink and blue flags, held signs reading "Trans lives are not a burden" and chanted "Stand up! Fight back!"
A transgender woman who identified herself only as Layla addressed the crowd Wednesday night and said she's tired of being told who she can or cannot be, and asked for others in the LGBTQ community to support trans people as they fight for respect.
Protesters against the policy Trump declared on Twitter also gathered in New York and Los Angeles.
Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City to protest President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military.
A crowd of at least a couple of hundred people gathered around the U.S. Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square on Wednesday. They held signs saying "Resist!" and listened to speakers who denounced the ban, which Trump announced on Twitter.
Demonstrator Yael Leberman says transgender people "are completely adequate to serve" and combat is "not about physical, it's about mental." She says it's unsurprising from the Republican president to say what he said or to see the pushback from a place as diverse as New York City.
It's unclear what the ban will mean for currently serving transgender soldiers.