President Trump makes an abrupt announcement on twitter saying that American forces can’t afford the disruption and medical costs of transgender troops. When he announced this, the White house was not even prepared to explain what would happen to transgender troops already serving. During Trump’s campaign, he claimed that if elected, he would be a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community. Now it seems he is going against his word.
Young people in today’s society are overweight, have criminal records, or use drugs. The quality of our soldiers are going down, which is why we need transgender troops in our military. The troops being banned from the military right now will need to be replaced with lesser quality troops. Trump’s supporters bring up that there is a distraction when you are serving next to transgender troops, and an emotional confusion.
When announced that the ban on transgenders serving in the military would be put back in place, the troops already openly serving were wondering how this would affect them. One troop Patricia King, a transgender troop, who has been serving for 18 years states “I feel like I had just gotten fired via tweet.” Transgender people who want to serve and fight for our country should be able to do just that.
A woman named Albert Cashier fought in the civil war as a man and lived the majority of her life as a man. He was one of the first transgender soldiers with much more to come. Hundreds of women cut their hair short and wear men’s clothes to fight in the civil war. Trump announced via tweet that transgender people would be banned from the military because they are considered “indecisive.” Transgender people already in the military’s fate would be decided by Defence and Homeland Security officials.
Chelsea Manning, a writer for New York Times, says that Trump tried to lay off all transgender troops in a series of 3 tweets, which is not enough and wrong. Manning is a transgender and gay troop in the army, and is very upset by this new policy. Ways she speaks out about her opinions is through twitter and articles.
The president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins speaks out about transgender troops in the military, saying that LGBTQ troops create confusion and sexual harassment. He believes that homosexuality is wrong. He speaks out about his ideas by going on the news and using social media platforms.