26 "Trans Rights Are Human Rights" Tweets Determined To Protect LGBTQ Americans
Following President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday (via Twitter, no less) that transgender people would no longer be allowed to openly serve in the U.S. Military, there was immediate pushback from within the LGBT community and beyond. With the powerful and self-explanatory hash-tag "Trans Rights Are Human Rights," the Internet took aim at the ban and a culture and society that too often fails its most vulnerable.
In his series of tweets, Trump claimed that the reason for the ban was due to the costs of transgender military members' healthcare — and alleged (pretty baselessly) that transgender individuals somehow both "burdened" the military and kept them from being "focused" on their jobs:
[P]lease be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.
Transgender activists, everyday people, celebrities, politicians, and allies were not having it, though, and took to the hash-tag with messages of support for their trans siblings reeling from the news.
And one thing is clear: Trans allies don't have time for people who fail to see the importance of standing and fighting with transgender Americans for their rights.
Saluting Trans Soldiers Everywhere
Thank you for your service.
We Value You
Even if the POTUS doesn't.
Standing Proudly With Trans Friends
Because they're valid and they matter.
"I Will Proudly Fight For You"
Lady Justice rocking the transgender flag colors.
Trans People Are Beautiful & Important
You deserve respect and love.
History Has Its Eyes On You
Trump would be smart to walk back on this ban ASAP.
What purpose does this really serve?
A Special Sort Of Courage
That's true bravery, y'all.
Remember Those Words?
They still apply to LGBT people, no matter what this administration says.
"Valor knows no race, no creed, no gender, and no sexual identity, period."
The Future Will Be Brighter
What he said. Don't let anyone stand in your way.
"We Make The World A Better Place"
Heck yeah, you do.
More Than 15,500 Trans People Serving In The Military
It's time to speak up about everything they could lose.
You Deserve More
This is the exact opposite of supporting the troops.
All For One ...
And one for all.
Sorry You Had To Witness This
Always Good Advice
Your money can go a long way.
Making Space Is Essential
It's so, so necessary to uplift trans voices now more than ever.
Shame On Trump
This isn't how you repay service.
This Is Everyone's Fight
Do Not Forget That
I know this has appeared a bunch, but you literally can't say it enough.
Don't Let Bigotry Define Bravery
People are not pulling punches when it comes to Trump's history (or lack thereof) with the military.
Support The T
Considering the weight they've pulled in LGBTQIA liberation, it's the least we can do.
Perfect Feeds Are Perfect
Say it one more time for the people in the back: Trans people are not a disruption.
There's a long road ahead for transgender Americans and their allies gearing up to fight this ban. Along the way, it's so important to remember the obvious human rights they're fighting for.