Jenny Boylan Shares Heartrending Stories From Trans Service Members on Twitter

In response to Trump’s ban on trans people in the military, Boylan curated stories from those who’ve served.

In response to Donald Trump’s repugnant announcement via a series of tweets Wednesday that he would ban trans people from serving in the military, author, professor, New York Times columnist, and trans activist Jenny Boylan tweeted a series of stories she collected from trans service members who wanted to share their experiences of being in the military.

While social media raged in response to Trump’s cynical, dangerous decision to reverse policy made under President Barack Obama’s administration that would allow trans people to serve, Boylan curated heartfelt testimonials from those who are serving or who had served the country with dignity and honor, something Trump used “bone spurs” as an excuse to get out of doing.

One of the stories pointed out that Trump chose the historic anniversary when President Harry Truman integrated people of color into the military while others vowed they would not go easily into the night.

Here are their stories.

Read more at: The Advocate Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every LGBTQ Rights Group You’ve Ever Heard Of Opposes Two Of Trump’s Judicial Picks

Gay rights activists gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a controversial federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had denied married gay and lesbian couples in the United States the same rights and benefits that straight couples have long taken for granted. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

John Bush and Damien Schiff “would cause grave harm” to LGBTQ people and women, reads a new letter to senators.

 

WASHINGTON ― A whopping 27 LGBTQ rights groups on Monday urged the Senate to reject two of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, John Bush and Damien Schiff.

In a letter to all senators, groups including Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign say both nominees’ views on civil rights “are fundamentally at odds with the notion that LGBT people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law.”

Bush, a Kentucky lawyer up for a lifetime seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has applauded critics of same-sex marriage and compared abortion to slavery, calling them “the two greatest tragedies in our country.” Schiff, an attorney up for a 15-year seat on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, has said LGBTQ anti-bullying efforts are akin to “teaching ‘gayness’ in schools,” and argued that states should be allowed to criminalize “consensual sodomy.”

“Although neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Schiff has any judicial experience, their public statements and writings have repeatedly demonstrated not only an extraordinary lack of judgment but also plain contempt for the rights of LGBT Americans, people living with HIV, women, and other vulnerable populations,” reads the letter, which goes into specifics on each count.

Read more at HuffPost Queer Voices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump ignores Pride Month, supports ‘National Homeownership Month’ instead

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year.

 

Donald Trump’s White House has declined to issue a proclamation in recognition of Pride Month.

Pride Month takes place every June to commemorate the struggles and accomplishments of LGBT+ people the world over.

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama issued a proclamation for Pride Month during every year of his presidency, but Trump has so far not made any mention of Pride Month.

The White House website lists five proclamations for June:“National Homeownership Month,” “African-American Music Appreciation Month,” “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month,” “National Ocean Month,” and “Great Outdoors Month.” Those last two are particularly ironic considering Trump’s decision to remove the US from the 2016 Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

Trump pledged to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last year, but since his election he has taken a series of steps to remove protections for LGBT+ Americans.

 

Read more at: Attitude Magazine.

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