This morning Americans woke up to yet another bombshell tweet from President Donald Trump. This time, regarding the status of transgender individuals serving in the Military.
Here's the quote from his Twitter account:
"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."
There is an estimated 15,000+ actively starving transgender U.S. Military members and another 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today according to The Human Rights Campaign.
Donald Trump made history by mentioning LGBTQ rights during his nomination speech and previously campaigned on protecting LGBTQ citizens. However, few in the community believed his promises and are not shocked about his apparel change in tone today.
There is no official statement as of now. This story is continually developing, check back for updates.