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:
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
To all the trans folks currently serving in the military thank you for your service. I am sorry your "commander in chief" doesn't value it.— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 26, 2017
Even if the POTUS doesn't.
Standing Proudly With Trans Friends
transgender friends, we stand proudly with you! you are NOT a burden. #TransRightsAreHumanRights— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) July 27, 2017
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
Transgender people are beautiful and important. They deserve respect and love, just like the rest of us. #TransRightsAreHumanRights— TINASHE (@Tinashe) July 27, 2017
You deserve respect and love.
History Has Its Eyes On You
Trump would be smart to walk back on this ban ASAP.
i dont know whats so hard to understand. These people want to protect your freedom and you want to take theirs?? #TransRightsAreHumanRights— Madeline Ashmore (@AshmoreMadeline) July 27, 2017
What purpose does this really serve?
A Special Sort Of Courage
It takes a special sort of courage to be who you are in a world that denies you your identity. #TransRightsAreHumanRights— John Koskotas (@JKoskotas) July 27, 2017
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
#TransRightsAreHumanRights We are strong. We are valuable. The future will be brighter no matter who tries to stand in the way of progress.— Alex Bertie (@Alex_Bertie) July 26, 2017
What he said. Don't let anyone stand in your way.
"We Make The World A Better Place"
I am a proud transgender woman and I oppose any belief that we are a burden. We make the world a better place #TransRightsAreHumanRights— Samantha 🏳️🌈 (@SamanthaZero) July 26, 2017
Heck yeah, you do.
More Than 15,500 Trans People Serving In The Military
Important to note: There are currently more than 15,500 transgender people serving in the military today. #TransRightsAreHumanRights— ACLU National (@ACLU) July 26, 2017
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 ...
"The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened" - JFK #TransRightsAreHumanRights— Danie Wicky (@wickedlydani) July 26, 2017
And one for all.
Sorry You Had To Witness This
To all my trans brothers & sisters.. I am so sorry we had to witness such lunacy in our lifetime. #TransRightsAreHumanRights 🇺🇸— Adore Delano (@AdoreDelano) July 26, 2017
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
A disgrace that the men & women who are putting their lives on the line are being treated with no worth. Shame.#TransRightsAreHumanRights— Moe Adams (@MoeAdamsTV) July 26, 2017
This isn't how you repay service.
This Is Everyone's Fight
just 👏🏼 because 👏🏼 you 👏🏼 aren't 👏🏼 trans 👏🏼doesn't👏🏼 mean👏🏼 you 👏🏼shouldn't 👏🏼 care 👏🏼 about 👏🏼 trans 👏🏼 rights #TransRightsAreHumanRights— ♕paige (@fifthsanvers) July 26, 2017
Do Not Forget That
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
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.
#TransRightsAreHumanRights— This is Not Normal (@bingwisdom) July 27, 2017
There should be nothing more to discuss.
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.