Sultans of Silicon Valley Obsessed with Transgenders in the Military

Apple, Google and Facebook CEOs slam Trump’s transgender military ban


US President Donald Trump gestures during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that transgender people will no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military, sparking an outcry from some of the world’s largest tech firms.

Executives from Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter took to social media to denounce the ban, which some labeled as discrimination.

“We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back,” tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Trump tweeted that he came to the decision after consulting with military experts and generals.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he tweeted.

But some tech CEOs disagreed with Trump’s decision.

“Everyone should be able to serve their country — no matter who they are,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

Other tech executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, tweeted that they were grateful for the transgender members of the military.

“Discrimination in any form is wrong for all of us,” tweeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

It was the latest clash between the Trump administration and Silicon Valley tech companies and executives, who also spoke out against the president’s executive order that barred visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. In June, the Supreme Court allowed parts of the ban to move forward.

More than 50 tech companies also joined a legal brief in support of transgender rights after a transgender student in Virginia was denied access to the boy’s bathroom. The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case in March, sending it back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.



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