I didn't expect to be writing another post so soon, but just 20 minutes after I posted the last one, President Trump tweeted the following:
This is jaw-dropping, insulting, and unbelievable.
The money argument is a joke. If this was about money, why don't we ban cis people with hormonal deficiencies, or who require medication or surgery? For that matter, why don't we ban people with kids from serving in the military? After all, why should we have to pay insurance costs just because they chose to reproduce? Oh--what's that, you say? We care about people's health? About treating people as people and allowing them to grow into their fullest, healthiest selves? But... not if they're trans. Nah, those people are somehow different. FWIW, I responded:
This is not about money. This is not about "disrupting" military service--if it was, the policy would be tailored much better (e.g., yeah, I get it that if someone is having surgery that month, they should probably not be in Afghanistan... but that would be true for any surgery, wouldn't it?). This is about discrimination, pure and simple. I hope all the Trump voters who insisted that Trump would be fiiiine about LGBTQ rights, and that he was just "posturing" feel horrible now. Who cares what his personal position is? His political position is going to destroy lives.
As Cameron Esposito and others have since pointed out, Trump's tweets also seem contradictory. "Would" entail? Would? As if this is hypothetical? Currently, thousands of trans people serve in the military, which Trump doesn't acknowledge. Are they going to be kicked out? Presumably so. Why isn't be acknowledging that transgender people are serving already? Why isn't he offering any data to support the most backward policy since DADT?
Please talk to people about this. Get involved, even if you're not trans--heck, especially if you're not trans. This is time to show the world that the whole queer community stands up for the T part of LGBTQ. Post on Facebook. Write to your senator. Yell in the street. Do not be silent. This is way too big and important. Please post your thoughts below, and I I'll be talking about this more as the situation unfolds.
P.S. If you are a trans person who serves in the military and are reading this, please email me. I would really like to talk to you about how this will affect your life, and I would very much like to share your story with BW readers.