The U.S has had a terrible week for LGBT+ rights this week.
Firstly, the U.S. appointed an anti-LGBT ambassador to the Netherlands, the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage and one of the most tolerant countries in the world.
President Donald Trump has further announced that transgender individuals will no longer be able to serve in any capacity within the U.S. military. The responses were varied.
Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo said:
“This smacks of politics, pure and simple. The United States military already includes transgender individuals who protect our freedom day in and day out.Excommunicating transgender soldiers only weakens our readiness; it doesn’t strengthen it. The president’s statement this morning does a disservice to transgender military personnel and reintroduces the same hurtful stereotypes conjured when openly gay men and women were barred from service during the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era. As an organization that led the charge against that hateful policy, Log Cabin Republicans remains equally committed to standing up for transgender military personnel who put their lives on the line to keep us free.”
For those who don’t know the Log Cabin Republicans they are a group within the Republican Party that seek to promote inclusion. In British politics this would be the equivalent of immigrants supporting UKIP.
Caitlyn Jenner, who has offered to be Trump’s trans ambassador said:
“There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?”
Once again the warped reality star and former olympian has supported a dogmatic ideology that seems completely at odds with her own beliefs.
A better response was made by Drag Star Bianca Del Rio who tweeted:
“YOU ARE TRULY, A PIECE OF SHIT”