WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Tuesday morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced they would allow the Trump administration to continue with its plan to limit transgender military service.
Through a FaceTime interview with Pastor Mel Martinez with Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church, she told us she believes all service members will be directly impacted by this ban.
“I do have folks in my congregation and in my communities that are part of our military,” said Pastor Martinez. “Being part of a military city, we are blessed with the opportunity to engage with the diverse service members that come into our base and into our community.”
Recent reports show the policy was first announced by President Trump in July 2017 via Twitter. Later it was officially released by the Secretary of Defense.
The policy blocks individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions.
The definition of gender dysphoria is described as the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.
“I hope that all of my transgender siblings, all of my LGBTQ community siblings, will get into their anger and let that propel us into action,” said Pastor Martinez.
We reached out to Sheppard Air Force Base officials for comment and in a statement to News Channel 6 they said, “As the military we work for our elected officials and will adhere to the policies they implement.”