Coast Guard ‘will not break faith’ with transgender members, leader says
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Coast Guard officials reached out personally to their transgender service members to express support after President Trump's announcement of a new policy barring transgender people in the military, according to Commandant Adm.
"The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out" as transgender, Zukunft told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington.
"If you read that story, Taylor's family has disowned her. … And I told Taylor, I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith," Zukunft said.
"And so that was the commitment to our people right now. Very small numbers, but all of them are doing meaningful Coast Guard work today." The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security but is a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and would fall under the transgender ban.
"We've stood up a tiger team of our officers," Zukunft said, referring to the legal branch of the Coast Guard.
"The U.S. Coast Guard has been involved in the Department of Defense's extensive review of this issue, and will align its policies with the other military services," they wrote.
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