A friend made a good point yesterday, and here’s what he said on Facebook:
“Everyone is upset Trump blocked trans people from enlisting. I agree he did it as a political move to spite the LGBT and appease the right. Examples include:
- Any history of depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
- Any history of mood altering medication (including for ADHD)
- Any dietary allergy
- Any history of using a psychiatrist for more than six months
- Color blindness
- Pretty much any condition which requires regular medication.
The sad truth is that the psych requirements already ban most trans people, as well as a large portion of my feed who take any sort of medication. I agree Trump is doing this just to screw trans people, but in all honesty they were screwed before this anyway.” — Joe
And Joe isn’t wrong.. Being transgender is an alienating experience, and a dangerous one. The only statistic higher than our murder rate, is the number of trans people that enlist compared to cisgender individuals; we’re brave.
Stay brave friends, because this is only a speed bump, on a long road.