SENATORS SPEARMAN & PARKS: GOVERNOR SHOULD ORDER NEVADA NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PERSONNEL

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July 27, 2017

SENATORS SPEARMAN & PARKS: GOVERNOR SHOULD ORDER NEVADA NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER PERSONNEL

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada State Senators and veterans Patricia Spearman (D - North Las Vegas) and David Parks (D - Clark County) called on Governor Brian Sandoval to issue an executive order banning any discrimination against transgender service members in the Nevada National Guard. The senators’ call comes in response to President Donald Trump’s order barring transgender people from serving in the United States armed forces. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy issued a similar anti-discrimination order to the Connecticut National Guard yesterday. 

“President Trump’s order barring the transgender community from the armed forces is a disgrace. Not only will it keep patriotic Americans from serving their country, it puts the estimated 15,000 transgender active duty, reserve, and national guard personnel at increased risk,” said Senator Spearman and Senator Parks. “Governor Sandoval has shown significant leadership on LGBT issues during his two terms, and we hope he will make it clear that the Nevada National Guard will not discriminate against transgender Nevadans who wish to serve their state and their country.”

Senator Spearman served 29 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She has sponsored legislation to assist veterans, active duty personnel and their families, including bills to make child care more accessible for military families and to make it easier for LGBT veterans to access government benefits. Senator Parks is veteran of the United States Air Force and has sponsored numerous piece of anti-LGBT discrimination legislation in the Nevada Legislature. 

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