Trump Bans Transgender People From Fighting In The Military

He tweeted today, July 26, 2017:

After tweeting during the campaign:

Unfortunately, this is not surprising coming from this president who doesn't care about anyone but himself, but also because the way society still negatively treats transgender people. Transgender people have been serving the country for years now, on the battle field and off of it. 

Don’t let the fact that Trump finally used auto correct to actually make complete sentences fool you, he doesn’t care about the costs, it has nothing to do with medical matters, and EVERYTHING to do with bigotry and prejudice. And let’s humor it for a second, that this really does have to do with costs. Billions of dollars are given to the military, the fact that you can’t “afford” transgender medical expenses is the equivalent of saying that women couldn’t serve because they had their periods, and needed extra hygiene products only a couple decades ago. That “problem” was budgeted and solved and this argument is no longer supported logically. 

Transgender people have fought harder than the whole acronym combined. They are the firsts ones to fight, and the last ones to obtain all their rights. WHY IS THAT. My fellow members of the LGBTQ community and allies, please stand together on this. Come out in droves as we do for the other letters and don’t let this pass under the radar. Be loud, and please fight for our transgender friends, colleagues, and loved ones as they have done countless times for us. 

-Jess

nytimes.com
Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military
President Trump says that the military cannot be burdened with what he called “the tremendous medical costs” of allowing transgender service members.
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Eileen Sullivan

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.

Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after consulting with generals and military experts, whom he did not name.

Transgender service members have been permitted to serve openly in the military since last year.

The president’s announcement came amid debate on Capitol Hill over the Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for medical treatment related to gender transition.

Once again, Trump goes back on his campaign promises to support and defend the LGBT community. Among other things he has nominated a hyper conservative to the supreme count, refused to acknowledge Pride month in June, and now disrespected and demeaned transgender Americans serving in our military. What happened to taking care of our soldiers who served our country? Anyone willing to sacrifice and serve deserves respect and equal opportunity.

politico.com
Inside Trump’s snap decision to ban transgender troops
A congressional fight over sex reassignment surgery threatened funding for his border wall.

Well, that explains everything…

Congressional Republicans asked him to help resolve an issue they were having, and he did it in the most garbage way possible.

After a week sparring with his attorney general and steaming over the Russia investigation consuming his agenda, President Donald Trump was closing in on an important win.

House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico.

But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn’t give them.

They turned to Trump, who didn’t hesitate. In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.

Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said.[…]

“This is like someone told the White House to light a candle on the table and the WH set the whole table on fire,” said one senior House Republican aide. The source said that while GOP leaders asked the White House for help, they weren’t expecting — and got no heads up on — Trump’s far-reaching directive. 

Chauvinism, in all its social and racial aspects, is the real enemy of all men and women who seek the one security that is viable - community - and the one freedom that is transcendent - individuation.
— 

LGBTQIA+ Rights Activist & Hero Harry Hay (founder of the Mattachine Society and later the Radical Faeries), quoted in The Trouble With Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement

Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of Its Founder

Trump’s pathetic rationale for banning trans people from serving in the US armed forces on the grounds of cost barely merits busting. The US military currently spends $84m on viagra for impotent servicemen, compared with around $8.4m on trans health and associated services. It is no coincidence whatsoever that such a flagrantly outrageous policy has been announced with such great fanfare whilst Trump’s flagship Obamacare repeal is in the process of being humiliatingly defeated in Congress.

Yet again, another transparent attempt to demonise difference, imposing a moralistic taboo upon an oppressed minority. It’s already plainly obvious that blowing bigoted dog-whistles do not generate greater popularity and consent for Trump’s anti-working-class agenda, evinced by his rock-bottom opinion polling. This is something all right-thinking people should draw great solace from: this is not the policy of a confident, empowered overclass, but that of a regime thoroughly devoid of original ideas scrabbling to retain any semblance of political authority.

aaatripper  asked:

Do you happen to have a link to that report about the costs of transgender medical costs in the military?

Here’s a link to an article from the Washington Post that is about the ban. (x)

It is roughly estimated that is costs about $2.4-8.4 million annually for transgender medical procedures. 

To put some perspective to this number, the military spends about $6.2 billion annually on medical expenses and $84 million on viagra yearly. 

Just one thing

I’m normally not saying stuff like this on social media but I kinda feel like I have to bring this up.
No human on earth has the right to take someone’s identity. That belongs to the individual. You can decide what you want to look like. You can decide who you want to be. That is called freedom. And from a country that slaps this word on everything it touches, a country that claims this word for itself, a country that justifies death and terror with this word, I expect it to value it. The soldiers are supposed to fight for freedom. How are they supposed to fight for something they can’t experience. How are American citizens supposed to trust a leader that takes their individuality. I’m not only talking about this “no transgender is allowed to serve in the army” thing. I also mean this bathroom bill situation. This is not just an act of ignorance and arrogance, it’s also a step back from equality. This has a bigger meaning than just not allowing transgenders to serve in the army. It’s about the message.
I really tried my best to understand your president, Americans, but I honestly have no sympathy left for that man. It might not be my business what’s going on in your country but I do care for people’s rights. I can’t help but care and worry. And I wish you and everyone in LGBTQ+ community the best of luck. Stand up for who you want to be and keep showing courage and strength. No matter what happens, people from around the world support you. ~

Oh yeah and I know that horrible things are happening around the world at this moment but that’s not my point. That’s for another time. I’m worrying about that enough. This is just a short message that I really wanted to share. Thank you.


Mel

IMPORTANT MESSAGE (NOT SEXUAL RELATED).

I know my blog is a sexual content blog but PLEASE READ! My fellow transgender and transsexual brothers and sisters who have served in the United States Armed forces, you have my respect and NO Republican shouldn’t say shit. Trans veterans have my most honorable respect and FUCK Trumps decision of banning trans people from serving our country. No cisgender white collared bigot should make that decision. People who voted for Trump just know what you did and yes it’s their fault. Let’s wait four years to decide to vote for a left wing person. We must unite together and fight for our rights. TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!I love each and every one of my trans brothers and sisters who have served and who HAVE died for our country! We can’t BACK down and cry about this but FIGHT and Tell our trans veterans how THANKFUL we are for them! Reblog and like!

 I have many friends who expect to join the US Military when they come of age. Some are, like me, transgender, and just a while ago were very much excited that the DOD had proclaimed their support for transgender people to join the military.

What is the American Dream?

The American Dream is different for everyone. It is how we envision a life we want in America, a good life. 

You want to bring back the American Dream, Trump, yet you are crushing the dreams of many, including my friends, without a second thought, and claiming it is ‘costly’ to support them in their wish to fight for America.

Do you know what’s equally ‘costly?’ Your trips to Mar-A-Lago, if we’re speaking financially. Do you know what isn’t ‘costly?’ Devoting a whopping 0.017 percent of the US military health budget to people who are (shockingly enough) willing to defend the citizens of their country. I could say, using the other definition of the word– “causing suffering, loss, or disadvantage”– that your being elected to the position of President was a costly decision. 

I seriously doubt that soldiers even stop to think about their comrades’ sexualities and gender identities while fighting for their lives. Years ago, we said that having gay people serve in the military would be “disruptive.” Now, most of us have come to realise that they are not disruptive to anyone except our enemies while they are risking their fucking lives to shield your sorry ass– yes, yours, Trump!– from harm.

I think soldiers are brave. I also think that people like me, who have a one in twelve chance of getting murdered simply because we are who we are, are brave to set foot outside every morning. I especially think that people like me who are willing to risk their lives even more by facing their country’s enemies and protecting the people who live there, a great fraction of whom have no support for transgender individuals at all, are brave. 

Sometimes, the good of the country’s citizens comes before your already overflowing budget for pleasure cruises and resorts, honey. Sorry to let you down.

Let transgender people serve in the military. 

i rlly wished we lived in a world where politicians saying they’re pro family/family values meant,, like, ‘child abuse needs to be stopped’ or ‘we need to make the foster system better’ and not 'we’re queerphobic bigots who think LGBT+ people don’t deserve basic human decency’