A note from the StS Blog team:
Last week, Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military. While a tweet certainly isn’t law, his rhetoric and the rhetoric from many of his supporters that followed is violent and oppressive. So to Speak strives to combat such rhetoric, which is why we asked our brilliant readers, friends, and colleagues to send us material on this topic that educates and inspires. We love everything we received, and we’re grateful to be able to share it all in one space.
It’s important for us as writers, readers, and humans to stay aware and educated, which is why we hope to produce more roundups like this one. So, when you find interesting and empowering content, feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (no submissions here, please!). Thanks again to everyone who participated!
~ Sarah & Allie
1.) “Trans Soldier Shane Ortega on Trump’s Military Ban, How to Save America,” by Raven Brajdic in Rolling Stone.
Staff Sergeant Shane Ortega, the first openly transgender soldier to serve in the United States Army, responds to the news in this piece.
2.) “To the cis person angrily sharing news of the Trump transgender military ban,” by Angela Dumlao in Medium.
This is one of those pieces of writing I want to print out and keep in my pocket. The writer takes this news event and offers actionable insight on how to support the trans community around-the-clock, foregrounding the sentiment that we can always better ourselves. Plus, look at that incredible author bio. You can read more from Angela on their website.
3.) “Still Serving in Silence: Transgender Service Members and Veterans in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” by Jack Harrison-Quintana and Jody L. Herman of the Williams Institute, UCLA, 2013.
“This study draws upon both quantitative and qualitative data about transgender soldiers and veterans who responded to The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) to describe who these transgender soldiers and veterans are and what their experiences have been in regard to their military service.”
4.) “The Pentagon spends 5 times more on Viagra than transgender services,” by Paul Szoldra and Skye Gould in Business Insider.
De-bunking the claim that transgender servicepeople cost the military “too much.”
“Beck said Trump’s abrupt change in policy could negatively affect many currently or wanting to serve in the military. The RAND Corporation estimated in 2016 that there were between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serving. Many of them just want to serve their country like everyone else, Beck said.”