Trans Community And Their Allies Powerfully Decry Trump’s Military Ban

 

“You just opened a can of WHOOP-ASS! MEET ME and tell me I’m not WORTHY to my face.”

Donald Trump used Twitter to announce that the government would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.” That means more than 15,000 transgender troops reportedly currently serving are now facing an uncertain future. 

Online, trans and non-binary commentators, organizations, and allies are slamming the announcement, saying the thousands of trans service members and veterans who’ve served on the front lines “deserve better from their commander in chief,” as the ACLU put it.

The news comes after the Pentagon planned to repeal its ban on transgender members in 2016, having previously lifted its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for lesbian, gay and bi troops. A year later, the planned repeal was delayed six months. It seems that Trump’s Wednesday announcement on social media caught even the Pentagon off-guard, with a CBS News correspondent in the White House telling Twitter that all questions are being referred back to the Oval Office. 

Considering Trump’s previous pledges to support the LGBTIQ community (made while running against Hillary Clinton) and considering the ripple effect Trump’s decision to ban service people will have on the beliefs and behaviors of already-discriminatory and bigoted groups—it’s no surprise that the uproar has been widespread.

Decorated Navy SEAL and trans woman Kristen Beck earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a SEAL Trident while serving her country. On Wednesday, she responded on Trump’s tweets by saying “meet me and tell me I’m not worthy to my face.”

Beck wasn’t alone in her condemnation.

Words: Jerico Mandybur
Photo: @ColeLedford11/Twitter/Composite