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Sia, The Chainsmokers, more support transgender rights in new video

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President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military provoked outrage from troops, politicians, and celebrities.

Now, Billboard and GLAAD have partnered with members of the music community to send a message of solidarity supporting the nearly 15,000 transgender troops currently serving. Musicians including Sia, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers, Michael Stipe, Jackie Evancho, and more contributed to a new video from Billboard Pride, supporting trans rights.

“Transgender rights are human rights,” the musicians say in the video. “This is a fact. By banning transgender people from openly serving in any capacity within the United States armed forces, President Donald Trump undercut the brave efforts of an estimated 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans who are currently serving our country.”

The video continues: “Transgender people have served honorably for decades and the current policy works fine. The cost of care to transgender troops is negligible, but their duty and service is priceless. Transgender people fill critical military roles and removing them from their units will disrupt core military missions. To our friends in the transgender community, we support you, we love you, we stand by you.”

Watch the full video above.

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