26 "Trans Rights Are Human Rights" Tweets Determined To Protect LGBTQ Americans

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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

Mark Hamill on Twitter

Thank you for your service.

We Value You

Laverne Cox on Twitter

Even if the POTUS doesn't.

Standing Proudly With Trans Friends

HAIM on Twitter

Because they're valid and they matter.

"I Will Proudly Fight For You"

Moola on Twitter

Lady Justice rocking the transgender flag colors.

Trans People Are Beautiful & Important

TINASHE on Twitter

You deserve respect and love.

History Has Its Eyes On You

Kate Bettez on Twitter

Trump would be smart to walk back on this ban ASAP.


Madeline Ashmore on Twitter

What purpose does this really serve?

A Special Sort Of Courage

John Koskotas on Twitter

That's true bravery, y'all.

Remember Those Words?

Jyn Erso 2017 🇺🇸 on Twitter

They still apply to LGBT people, no matter what this administration says.

NYS Represent

Andrew Cuomo on Twitter

"Valor knows no race, no creed, no gender, and no sexual identity, period."

The Future Will Be Brighter

Alex Bertie on Twitter

What he said. Don't let anyone stand in your way.

"We Make The World A Better Place"

Samantha 🏳️‍🌈 on Twitter

Heck yeah, you do.

More Than 15,500 Trans People Serving In The Military

ACLU National on Twitter

It's time to speak up about everything they could lose.

You Deserve More

Bay on Twitter

This is the exact opposite of supporting the troops.

All For One ...

Danie Wicky on Twitter

And one for all.

Sorry You Had To Witness This

Adore Delano on Twitter


Always Good Advice

jee jing on Twitter

Your money can go a long way.

Making Space Is Essential

Black Lives Matter on Twitter

It's so, so necessary to uplift trans voices now more than ever.

Shame On Trump

Moe Adams on Twitter

This isn't how you repay service.

This Is Everyone's Fight

♕paige on Twitter


Do Not Forget That

Meghan LeVaughn💜🦋 on Twitter

I know this has appeared a bunch, but you literally can't say it enough.

Angry And Disgusted ...

But ready to fight back for every American's rights.

Don't Let Bigotry Define Bravery

Cole M. Sprouse on Twitter

People are not pulling punches when it comes to Trump's history (or lack thereof) with the military.

Support The T

meghan currie on Twitter

Considering the weight they've pulled in LGBTQIA liberation, it's the least we can do.

Perfect Feeds Are Perfect

Annette Przygoda on Twitter

Say it one more time for the people in the back: Trans people are not a disruption.

That's It

This is Not Normal on Twitter

Enough said.

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.