On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump went on Twitter to announce an apparent policy change in the United States Military. In a series of tweets, Trump stated that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the armed forces in any capacity, due to "tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". Celebrities took to social media to denounce the president's policy change, and defend the LGBTQ community.
Trump's ban of transgender people serving in the military reverses a progressive policy instated under the Obama administration in 2016 that allowed trans individuals to serve openly. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he would delay the policy’s enactment. Trump's tweets read in full:
After Trump's tweets were posted, celebrities went online to defend the rights of transgender Americans, many of whom already serve in the United States Military. These stars didn’t hold back in their criticism, attacking the change in policy as well as the insensitivity of the president’s statements. The transgender community is routinely marginalized in the United States, and this act of solidarity is so important. From Andy Cohen to Zoe Kazan, stars are speaking out against the change in policy.
"That transgender in the military would entail." Trans ppl, Don.— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) July 26, 2017
Note his future tense: "would." Trans folks already serve. pic.twitter.com/tjAnfOxH68
Well, at least Trump isn't announcing major policy change on twitter. Oh, wait... pic.twitter.com/48SV7QQ8aL— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 26, 2017
Every single trans person who has served or WILL serve in our military is braver, stronger & a better patriot & human than @realDonaldTrump— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) July 26, 2017
Hey! If any of you actors are in a press junket today, I'd like to remind you that's a position of power. You could turn the conversation...— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) July 26, 2017
Trolling at its finest from a man who's never served & shown up the way trans servicefolk have & are https://t.co/r8f6vW2N4J— Janet Mock (@janetmock) July 26, 2017
Dustin Lance Black
I grew up in a military w/ LGBT people serving in the shadows. We can't let DT turn back the clock on our brave, trans soldiers. #RISEUP— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) July 26, 2017
My heart breaks today for the bigotry this monster continues to put forward. Trans people are NOT a burden in ANY capacity.— Best Coast (@BestCoast) July 26, 2017
Ashley Nicole Black
Trump TWEETED because I guess denying trans people the right to serve in the military isn't even worth a press conference to him???— Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) July 26, 2017
Every single trans person is braver than Donald Trump— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 26, 2017
Not allowing transgender people to serve in military,DT again shows astounding ignorance & bigotry. Simply put:DT is a hateful human being.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 26, 2017
I'm starting to think they don't know what these letters actually stand for. https://t.co/ieznVV5Gio— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2017
Donald: With your ban on trans people from the military, you are on notice that you just pissed off the wrong community. You will regret it.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 26, 2017
"BREAKING: Trump: Transgender people will not be allowed to serve `in any capacity' in the US military." ODIOUS OGRE.— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) July 26, 2017
Yvette Nicole Brown
He doesn't care about your healthcare or transgender people (obviously!) He's trying to distract from trying to get a new AG to fire Muller.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 26, 2017
Hey Ivanka, James here. Hope all is good, quick question, can you... Erm... Call your dad and have a talk. X https://t.co/yiiL89J3Ap— James Corden (@JKCorden) July 26, 2017
Remember these words from last year ? Anyone who wants to serve their country should be allowed to do so & appreciated pic.twitter.com/AnGi9x84bO— Kyle Richards (@KyleRichards) July 26, 2017
More to come...