Transgender soldiers are suing President Donald Trump over the administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military.
BuzzFeed News, which posted the legal brief, said the lawsuit "seeks to ensure that all qualified Americans have an equal opportunity to serve in the United States military, that transgender individuals are free from arbitrary and invidious discrimination and that the constitutional rights of transgender individuals to autonomy, privacy, and freedom of expression are respected and protected."
The complaint was brought by transgender people who have taken steps to enlist in the military and other openly transgender active service members, according to the legal brief.
The legal document took aim at Trump's controversial tweet July 26 that announced the transgender ban, stating it was "rendered without any significant study or analysis and lacks a rational basis."
The president followed up with a formalized directive Aug. 25, instructing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender individuals as enlistees, and instructing Defense Secretary James Mattis to figure out how to handle transgender troops already serving.
The lawsuit also charged that action was also taken without any study or analysis, and also "lacks a rational basis."
The National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of five transgender service members.
The American Civil Liberties Union also announced legal action.
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