Twitter Post from President Trump:
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please 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. Thank you”
This is the quote that President Trump posted on Twitter in the early morning hours of Wednesday July 26th, 2017. Yes, this from the Presidential candidate who said he would protect the transgender and LGBTQ+ community once he got into office.
Did we (transgender community) believe that? HELL NO! Was I surprised waking up to this on the news this morning? HELL NO! Par for the course for Trump.
How is it that anyone can look back at the history of the military where many, many, many transgender people have served in the name of defending their country. be looked upon as a financial burden or as a disruption? How can you say and possibly think that transgender citizens join the military just to get sex reassignment surgery for free? REALLY? I have a friend who works at Target who’s benefits will cover sex reassignment surgery. Will cost the tax payers a dime? NO! So why would anyone think the taxpayers pay for sex reassignment surgery? Do military personnel receive medical, dental, vision and other benefits? Whether they pay a premium or a deductible, or not, ever member of our armed forces receive them.
So, every member of our military most likely gets an excellent benefits package. Whether said benefits include any treatment for gender identity, who knows? In my opinion that is between the members of the military, the government, and the insurance companies. Not John Q public, most of whom never served a day of military service in their lives. IT’S NON OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS!!!
Now as far as being a burden? WTF??? Every member of all military branches have to pass physical and mental tests and meet certain criteria in able to be accepted for boot camp. Therefore, a transgender woman (male to female) has to meet all requirements required of cis-gender females. Which also means that a transgender man (female to male) has to meet all requirements required of cis-gender males. Where is the favoritism, unfairness, burden, etc.??? Oh wait, there is no burden because everyone has to meet the same mental and physical standards as everyone else, no exceptions! What? Equal?
OK, my take on all of this. Donald Trump is loosing ground at ground breaking speeds in a loosing battle to replace Obamacare. Every time the Republicans think they have it, all Democrats, and many Republicans vote against it. Why, because their best interest is for the good of the Americans who can’t afford insurance for themselves. So, to take the focus off of himself and his failing attempts at repealing and replacing Obamacare, he had to find something so ridiculous, so idiotic, that people would just forget everything else and look at Trump with a dumbfounded look on their faces. Well, I guess that went well, didn’t it.
As usual, our leader forgets about FACTS, does no checking of any kind, and doesn’t even have someone else do it for him. He just makes this shit up like he shoves his hand up his ass and pulls these ideas out. Doesn’t make a damn bit of difference that there is scientific and medical proof that states differently. That are all just fake theories just like the media reports fake news, right? I don’t think so Donald!!
So, why don’t I get bent out of shape, upset, pissed off, or feel like shit or like I don’t count? Because I’ve been around long enough to know not to let anyone outside of myself control or affect how I feel about myself. I learned that I am powerless over all people places and things. Except for my own actions, words, and behavior. This is where the serenity prayer comes in, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. Thank God for 12-Step programs, right. It’s taken me 29 years to get it right. But here I am. Ready willing and able to be at the beckoned call of my community (South Dakota Transgender people). I am strong mentally and spiritually so that I can be here for my community. I am an advocate, educator, lobbyist, friend, and anything else I’m needed to be for my community.
Today I did 2 interviews for the 6:00 news. Never done that before, but the board members(s) of TransAction South Dakota that used to do it are no longer with us. I am also the current President of TransAction South Dakota. A title I don’t take lightly. I am proud to be the President of such an awesome organization, in a position to be able to help my transgender and gender non-conforming brothers and sisters in any way God sees fit. I have become a leader of my community, and I know that I have a responsibility to live up to everything that our members and community would expect from me.j
So, here’s my deal. We are all human beings first. Every human being has a soul, and that soul is a small piece of God, or your creator, or whomever your higher power is. That alone is what makes every human equal. Physical attributes, personality, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, race, religion, etc. So, since God doesn’t make mistakes, how can we be evil, abominations, monsters, perverts, sexual predictors, or anything else that we’re falsely accused of being? Really? And that is what religious leaders and politicians have to say about us. Yes, the same religious leaders and politicians that get caught doing inappropriate things with children or others, in public or private places. Hmm!
For all of you Trump supporters I have a question for you. Is this the person you voted into office? A hollow shell of a subhuman being who refuses to take responsibility, fires everyone who doesn’t agree with him or kiss his orange ass. Alienate minority groups of American citizens who he is in office to serve (maybe 200 years ago). All of you who voted for him, do you have any regrets? Or, knowing what you know now, would you still vote for him again?
Seriously! Ask yourself these questions, look at Trumps actions, words, and behavior. How he fails to keep promises from his candidacy, and how many people he’s fired. Please feel free to share!
Thank you all for reading and responding 🙂