This morning, President Trump announced a ban on trans people joining the military. The specifics of the ban remain completely unclarrified at the moment.
The announcement was met with incredible, swift responses from a handful of sources. Here are five of the best retorts to Trump's latest discriminatory policy change.
1. Janet Mock: "Shameful that trans folk are being used as scapegoats in another non-issue (military, bathrooms, etc) to distract from your shortcomings."
Transgender author, activist, and news correspondent Janet Mock issued a thoughtful statement on the issue over Twitter:
2. ACLU: "There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country."
The American Civil Liberties Union drafted a speedy and decisive repsonse to Trump's plan.
“This is an outrageous and desperate action. The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander-in-chief who rejects their basic humanity," reads the official statement from Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project.
“Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country," he continued. “There is no basis for turning trans people away from our military and the ACLU is examining all of our options on how to fight this. For any trans service member affected by today’s announcement: Please get in touch with us, because we want to hear from you.”
3. GLAAD: “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation."
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's statement on Trump's latest move characterized the President's latest action as "a direct attack on transgender Americans."
“Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear," reads their website.
"His administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government – even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation."
4. Kirsten Gillibrand: "This new decision is harmful and misguided. It weakens—not strengthens—our military."
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand not only replied directly to Trump on Twitter but is already working on legislation to prevent his decree from becoming a reality.
“This morning transgender service members put on their uniform and showed up for their military duties to be told by their Commander in Chief via Twitter that he doesn’t want them in ‘any capacity,’” she added in a statement. “I will introduce legislation and will fight to overturn this discriminatory decision.”
5. Kristin Beck: "Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy"
Kristin Beck, a transgender, retired Navy SEAL, offered Trump a chance to meet her in person to discuss his recent decision. "Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Beck told Business Insider. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."
"Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else," Beck added. "We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right ... I was defending individual liberty. I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone."
"They care more about the airplane or the tank than they care about people," Beck continued on Twitter. "They don't care about people. They don't care about human beings."
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