While on the campaign trail in 2016 during Pride Month, Donald Trump tweeted his support for the LGBT community, “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” A year later, the US President has changed his tune. Quelle surprise!!!
Using his favorite form of communication, the 71-year-old announced a new policy in a series of three tweets. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” the President tweeted.
According to estimates, there are between 2,500 and 7,000 active trans service members and another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.
Naturally, the Twitterverse is in an uproar over this latest move by The Donald. Numerous celebrities, including two of the most visible transgender stars, Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, have expressed their disapproval. Read their tweets below along with numerous others. I just can’t with him anymore. How about you? Sound off below.
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
“I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current President,” Laverne told Entertainment Weekly. “This latest reversal of another Obama administration policy continues to send the message to trans Americans that our lives, our safety and service are less valuable and unwanted in this country, the country I love and hold so dear.”
We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 26, 2017
Hey trans teens: this man does not represent the overwhelming love, support and pride waiting for you when you step out into the world.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 26, 2017
I grew up in a military w/ LGBT people serving in the shadows. We can't let DT turn back the clock on our brave, trans soldiers. #RISEUP
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) July 26, 2017
I just want to tell the transgender community that I love you and you ARE supported no matter what. #ProtectTransTroops
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 26, 2017
Are you TRYING to be an asshole? https://t.co/QW9axAScmO
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 26, 2017
This is shameful and wrong. #VetsAgainstTrump
— Vets Against Trump (@Vets_Vs_Trump) July 26, 2017
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 26, 2017
Speaking of people being burdened by tremendous costs and disruption: let's spend $20billion to build a wall… https://t.co/x2eNYHm8rF
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) July 26, 2017
Oh, just a reminder that this–NONE OF THIS IS NORMAL.
— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) July 26, 2017
Hey Ivanka, James here. Hope all is good, quick question, can you… Erm… Call your dad and have a talk. X https://t.co/yiiL89J3Ap
— James Corden (@JKCorden) July 26, 2017
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