Atlanta mayor decries ‘dangerous and discriminatory’ trans troop ban

Add this share

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hit back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing President Trump’s ban on transgender troops to go into effect.

This is Bottoms’ (top photo) second public rebuke of the Trump administration’s treatment of transgender people.

Bottoms tweeted a statement on Wednesday saying anyone “qualified, willing and able to serve in the military” should be able to do so. She also quoted Martin Luther King Jr. two days after the national holiday honoring the late civil rights activist.


Bottoms’ statement comes following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday that lifted nationwide injunctions that had kept the Trump administration’s trans troop ban from being implemented. All five conservative justices voted to allow the restrictions to go into effect, while the three liberal justices voted against it, according to the Washington Post.

Trump’s policy is a reversal of an Obama administration rule.

Bottoms last October also criticized the Trump administration’s plan to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people, saying that such provisions are “in the DNA of ATL.”


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...