If you’re reading this you’re probably aware that this happened: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/26/trump-says-us-military-will-not-accept-or-allow-transgender-people-to-serve
It’s really making me strangely angry and upset. I don’t live in America anymore, but I still have friends and family out there, and I spent many years over there. I’ve got a lot of affection for the country and was really happy to call it home at one point. but what the fuck is this!?!?!!
America is a country/culture that hugely values it’s military and and almost fetishises military service. When I had permanent residency over there I was frequently sent, slightly threatening, letters remind me that I could be drafted at any time, and that I should appreciate what an honor that is. the option of military service, whether you do it or not, being able to accept or reject it is a big thing. It was used as a major argument against giving women the vote; “If you’re not eligible to be sent off to defend the democracy then why should you have the privilege of voting?”, essentially. So for the US government to openly say that trans people cannot serve in “any capacity”, is a massive overt display of how the they regard us.
I really dread to think what this means for the direction the US is going in it’s treatment of LGBT people.
I’m soooo glad I left America.
No way in hell am I ever going back there.