Donald Trump is the quintessential “bigoted old white guy” you hear people talking about so much. His stance on transgender people in the military is especially appalling and old fashioned. In fact he’s trying to ban trans people from service. But if Representative Joe Kennedy (D-MA) has anything to do with it Trump’s ban won’t stand a chance. Kennedy introduced a House resolution Monday that would allow transgendered people to proudly serve in the arms forces.
Monday Kennedy, who is the the chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, said
‘No one willing to serve in our armed services and sacrifice for this country should be subjected to intolerance and bigotry from their commander-in-chief.’
‘But beyond the message sent to our service members, the President’s tweets sent a hateful, harmful message to every single transgender man, woman and child in this nation. Today, my colleagues and I are not only rejecting this misguided policy, but telling every transgender American that they are seen, they are heard, and they will not be erased or discounted by their government.’
Kennedy also said that at least 111 House members have signed on as co-sponsors to the resolution. And earlier this month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation that would allow transgender people to serve in the military. What brought about these much needed bills and resolutions is the bigoted ban Trump put on transgendered military service members. After Trump put that ban in place he was quickly sued. Sadly our compromised Supreme Court upheld Trump’s restriction.
If one of these bills passes and becomes law then Trump will for sure hit the roof. It’s time that we got rid of bigotry not only in the military, but in the rest of the country too. There’s just no place for antiquated, bigoted ideas like the ones Trump puts out there.
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