"Nearly 70 years ago today, President Truman signed an executive order to desegregate the military of the United States -- a major step forward for equality in our society.
"In stark contrast, the Trump Administration's directive barring transgender members of the military is wrong, intolerant and a giant slide backwards in the fight for equal rights.
"Valor knows no race, no creed, no gender, and no sexual identity, period.
"No matter who you are, New York will always fight for your rights to live freely and without discrimination. We stand united with the transgender community against those who seek to drive us apart."