Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on March 24 to protest the despicable fact that the U.S. allows its children to be gunned down at school on the regular. Emma Gonzales, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior dismissed by a Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, as a “skinhead lesbian,” gave a powerful speech at the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C., and countless others marched all over the country, and the world.
Donald Trump heard them loud and clear. He did what any leader would do in this time of national crisis: He responded to this clarion call with (drumroll, please) a ban on transgender troops!
What? Did you think he was going to ban guns?
Yes, our coward in chief, a man who has never served in the military, has once again told trans troops to GTFO.
You may recall Trump already tried this and was sued. So, while that first executive order is still being fought in court, he decided that a second try at a trans troop ban was needed to distract from the nation’s schoolchildren refusing to be used for target practice.
The new ban is basically a blanket ban on trans troops. Ever been diagnosed with gender dysphoria? You’re out. Gone through any kind of gender transition? You’re out. Only transgenders who stay in the closet will be allowed to serve — as their biological sex dictates.
According to James Mattis — still Secretary of Defense at the time of this writing — trans troops “undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion and impose an unreasonable burden on the military.”
That is some bullshit.
Trump has whined in the past about the “tremendous medical costs” associated with trans troops. I wonder if he’s considered the tremendous medical costs that would stem from sending troops into war with North Korea or Iran, as he seems eager to do. Probably not. Let’s face it: Trump doesn’t see transgender people as, well, people. He sees them as extras on an episode of some surgical reality show on TLC.
There’s this idea on the right that if the U.S. allows transgender people in the military, crowds of Americans will stampede recruiting stations to get “free” gender affirmation surgery, which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
First, service members don’t get anything for free. They offer to make the ultimate sacrifice: their lives. And while we Americans talk a good game about taking care of our troops, we don’t actually do a great job of it: Just try Googling “homeless veterans.”
So if someone is willing to serve, the least we can give them is the healthcare they need.
Call your representatives and tell them you stand with trans troops. And then call the White House and ask Trump how is bone spurs are doing.