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Jani

How Trumps military ban backfired

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Jani

This is good article on how this ban and the subsequent court rulings have actually helped the transgender community in gaining support and acceptance.  

 

"Fast forward to 2018 and not only are anti-transgender “bathroom bills” failing, but thanks to Trump, the battlefield has displaced the bathroom as the trans topic du jour."

 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-trumps-trans-military-ban-backfired-spectacularly?ref=home

 

“Because transgender people have long been subjected to systemic oppression and forced to live in silence, they are a protected class,” U.S. District Judge Marsha Peckham added in her ruling.

 

"But even though the Republican electorate might largely oppose transgender military service, several GOP senators have made supportive statements—statements that it’s hard to imagine they would have made otherwise unless the White House had made this an issue."

 

“There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity,” Sen. John McCain said in a statement last July. 

 

"Sen. Joni Ernst said in an interview this March that she would “gladly” accept any transgender people into the military who “meet physical requirements” for service, as the Washington Blade reported."

 

"One of the most perfectly succinct Republican statements came from Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch who said last July, “Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them.”

 

"It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which a gaggle of Republican senators—including Susan Collins and Richard Shelby—would start issuing statements about how “transgender people are people” apropos of nothing: Why go out of your way to anger more dogmatically anti-LGBT constituents if they don’t have to be angered? "

 

"But by taking such an extreme and unpopular stance, the Trump administration essentially forced their hand—and now Orrin Hatch is on record saying that he doesn’t “think we should be discriminating against anyone,” transgender people included."

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SugarMagnolia

"The Trump administration wanted to kick transgender people while they were down, and ended up making them stronger than ever."

 

I read this quote in the article and immediately thought of a transgender Obi-Wan Kenobi. "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." :-)

Thanks for the post, Jani. Always nice to see a positive take on things.

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Carolyn Marie

Great article, Jani.  Thank you for posting it.  Yes, indeed, Karma is a bitch!

 

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Jani

Julie and Carolyn, you made me laugh!  :D

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Rachael

Thanks for posting. Let’s hope it continues to bring support for the lgbtq community. 

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Timber Wolf

Thanks Jani! This article put a smile on my face:).

 

Lots of love,

Timber Wolf🐾

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