On Aug. 25, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing the military to ban transgender individuals from service. Among other defenses, some supporters of the ban have argued that transgender people are especially prone to high-risk behaviors — particularly, suicidality — that make them ill-suited for life in the military. But these arguments — and […]
In August, President Trump instructed the Defense Department to stop recruiting transgender people for the military. LGBT and human rights organizations quickly filed two lawsuits to prevent the ban from being enforced. In doing so, LGBT organizations and factions that used to battle one another are now working together, and swiftly. That’s likely to make […]
President Trump’s tweets announcing his new policy to ban transgender people from service in the U.S. military came with a justification that will sound familiar to several other groups: that allowing transgender people to serve would disrupt unit cohesion, a fundamental building block of combat effectiveness. Trump claimed that allowing transgender people to serve would […]
Last week, President Trump announced via Twitter that, after “consultation with my Generals and military experts,” the “United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” His reasoning for this decision was that the military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot […]
President Trump made history Wednesday in two ways. First, he became only the second president, after President Barack Obama, to address transgender issues — although in a much different way. While Obama had welcomed transgender men and women into military service, Trump announced that they would be banned. After consultation with my Generals and military […]
Yesterday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted an announcement that the military would not allow transgender soldiers in its ranks. The move was praised by many Republicans and decried by Democrats. The Media, who are rarely (if ever!) on the side of the Republicans, went to work to find anything and everything they think will discredit Trump in some way. The Washington Post decided the best | Read More »
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The news, the blogs, social media, and water coolers around the country focus a lot on the Trump universe. Understandably. Not only is there a lot to follow, it’s almost always sensational, weird, unbelievable, hilarious, sad, or of course, deplorable. In the case of the national press this is generally to the exclusion of stories about the bad left, despite the many opportunities. Not so | Read More »
During this past Pride month, the city of Philadelphia responded to recent allegations of racism at a gay bar by adding black and brown to the iconic rainbow flag. The rainbow flag has changed a little since Gilbert Baker created it in 1978. At the time he included eight colors; in 1979, the flag dropped […]
After years of defending her party’s opposition to same-sex marriage, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned many by announcing this week that members of her center-right, governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party would no longer be asked to toe the party line. Instead, she would let parliamentarians vote “according to conscience.” In the current Bundestag, a […]
Today is the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. The partisan messaging on the horrific event that cost 49 people their lives is predictably and painfully cast. Headlines and Tweets like this one from the New York Times confuse and frustrate conservatives and rightly so as they are somehow attacked for the actions of a known quasi-Islamist, Omar Mateen. “Why | Read More »
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