Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has condemned the announcement made by US President Donald Trump outlining his intention to ban all transgender persons from serving in the US military.

Senator Warfield said:

“The tweets by President Trump will do incalculable damage to the cause of LGBTQI equality both in the US and further afield. It serves only to further institutional stigmatisation and discrimination of the transgender community.

“This is a calculated attack by the President of the United States on a marginalised group, it is ignorant of the trans lived experience, and yet again shows Mr. Trump to have no understanding of the contribution made by diversity to the betterment and social integration of our world.

“Sinn Féin send our solidarity to the trans communities both at home and abroad and assure them that we will continue to work with you and for you”.