An airman has said ‘I’d like to see them try to kick me out of my military’, following President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement that the trans community would be banned from serving in the armed forces.
Trump announced: ‘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.’
In response to the shocking ban, prominent transgender security forces airman Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland said: ‘You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.’
‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’, he told Air Force Times.
Other trans servicemen and women remained defiant in the face of Trump’s ban on them serving ‘in any capacity’.
Sgt. Jack Schuler a transgender man and Army reservist, who serves as a chemical operations specialist, said: ‘I love serving this country and its people,” he said. ”I love being a part of this military family.
‘My dream is to retire after a long career. I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon.’
Despite Trump’s abrupt announcement, there has been no policy or information the procedure for trans people who already serve in the US military.
Demonstrators flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City and a plaza named after a San Francisco gay rights icon to protest against Donald Trump’s abrupt ban on transgender people serving in the US military.
Hundreds gathered around the US Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square, holding signs saying ‘Resist!’.
Demonstrator Yael Leberman said transgender people ‘are completely adequate to serve’ and combat was ‘not about physical, it’s about mental’ abilities.