On Wednesday President Donald Trump made a multi-tweet announcement that the United States would no longer allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military — claiming that the military couldn't be "burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption." Hours later, hundreds of furious people, armed with protest signs against discrimination of transgender people in service, flooded New York City's Time Square to push back against the ban.
In his tweets announcing the move on Wednesday, Trump wrote:
Naturally, protesters (including trans individuals and their allies) were determined to remind Trump that transgender folks who choose to serve the country in the military are not a burden.
Among the sea of uniform signs reading "resist" (in the colors of the transgender flag), protesters flexed their solidarity, outrage, disgust, and policy know-how in their signs. Here's just a few of the stand-outs to remind everyone, once more for the people in the back, that #TransRightsAreHumanRights.
What Is This Really About?
The numbers don't add up.
This One Literally Says It All
Some signs tying healthcare into protest (protest in Times Square against Trump ban on trans ppl serving in military) pic.twitter.com/Screewd9zM— Stephan Kozub (@StephanKozub) July 26, 2017
Trans people who dedicate their lives to service deserve more than this.
"Trans People Are Not Disruptions"
Say it louder.
Trans Rights Are Human Rights
Check out that chanting.
Support All Troops
Many protesters brought up President Trump's muddy history with the military.
Protesters Refuse To Accept This
It's really that simple.
It's called "service," Mr. President.
Note The Two Circles.
At the protest in Times Square now against 45 and for trans rights. pic.twitter.com/LVyEmd0lsm— יוספה בתיה ✡ (@JosieBrendaA) July 26, 2017
Venn Diagrams don't lie.
Some signs are less subtle than others (protest in Times Square against Trump's ban on trans ppl serving in military) pic.twitter.com/IoxCFTbQen— Stephan Kozub (@StephanKozub) July 26, 2017
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Although they made a powerful statement, Wednesday's protest was just the start of the long fight against this ban.