WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump this morning told transgender individuals that they won’t be in America’s armed forces.
In his typical “tweet” methodology of communicating, President Trump unequivocally stated that transgender persons have no place in the military.
“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 topic has been making the rounds on talk shows, with right-wing pundits claiming 40% of transgender people have attempted suicide, as one main talking point. What prompted the President’s tweet storm Wednesday wasn’t immediately clear.
In response, Iowa’s leading LGBTQ organization issued a statement in response President Donald Trump’s pronouncement on Twitter, calling his phrases “misinformed and mean-spirited tweets regarding transgender service members.”
“Transgender servicemembers have always been a part of the United States Military,” said Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson. “President Trump’s tweets disparage and demean the sacrifices transgender servicemembers have made for our country. The message that transgender youth cannot serve their country is wrong. No one should be denied the ability to serve their country regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identity. President Trump should delete his account and stop bullying the transgender community.”