Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney Statement on Trump Transgender Ban in the Military

Jul 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump tweeted a ban on transgender people serving in the United States Military.

"Anyone who doubts the lethality of our trans service members should say that to Kristin Beck’s face – she’s a transgender member of SEAL Team 6, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. Anyone who doubts their abilities should talk to Riley Dosh who is being denied a commission after graduating from West Point. Anyone who doubts their bravery should tell Shane Ortega, who ran over 400 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Transgender people have served well and honorably and any suggestion otherwise is just prejudice.”

 Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.