Tech CEOs Respond To Trump's Plan To Bar Transgender Soldiers From Serving

"We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back."

On July 26, President Trump fired off three tweets in which he announced his administration's intent to ban transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity in the U.S. Military." He labeled such people a "disruption" and said American forces "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs" he believes they require. 

Though Trump's tweets don't actually mark a policy change in and of themselves (as evidenced by a statement by the Joint Chiefs, who announced the military will soldier on as is until the change is made official), the declaration of his intent was enough to elicit a response from millions, including many trans veterans.

Another group denouncing the proposed ban is much of the tech community, which has been quick to call out what it views as several missteps the current administration has taken over the last six months.

Per Buzzfeed News, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and AirBNB CEO Brian Chesky were among the first to weigh in and reiterate their support for diversity in all its forms. As you can see below, they expressed overwhelming support for the transgender community affected by any forthcoming policy change.


So far as we know, not one tech company has backed the proposed ban.

While tech companies and politics don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, many high-powered corporations and individuals within the uber-wealthy industry have made a habit of criticizing some of the current administration's most controversial policies.

In fact, during a tech summit at The White House last month, Cook used the opportunity to tell President Trump to rethink his administration's immigration approach, which he felt "needs more heart."

The CEOs also weighed in on the decision to exist the Paris Climate Agreement.

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk," Zuckerberg declared in a Facebook post at the time. "Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it's too late."

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