Unbeknownst to his military chiefs, President Trump issued a “tweeted” ban on transgender people in the military.
Even though he said he consulted with his generals and military chiefs he did not. If he had he would have found out that they don’t support a ban on transgender troops. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has refused to implement the ban until given explicit direction from the President.
Transgender people have proven that they are capable of being fighting on behalf of this nation. They have been doing so for generations. To ban their services based on misinformation is un-American. Too many have served proudly and with distinction.
According to Time,
Politicians, advocacy groups and LGBTQ individuals decried President Trump’s announcement. Meanwhile, transgender troops currently serving are struggling to understand what the President’s decision will mean for them in the immediate future. Among those who felt most blindsided by the reversal were transgender veterans, who by some estimates number more than 130,000 in the U.S.
Time has provided a platform for nine transgender troops to respond to Trump’s announcement.
One of them, Madeline Martinez, wrote the following:
These are individuals who are crucial to their missions and follow the Warrior Ethos: I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, I will never leave a fallen comrade. Yet President Trump is taking these soldiers out of their positions, out of their jobs and out of their mission to serve the American people. He is telling the world that transgender individuals in America do not have the same rights as most of the American public… As a President, he is to accept all the of the people who fall under the American flag.