Laverne Cox Responds to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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ICYMI, this morning Trump tweeted that the US government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals in the military.

“Thank you” ???

Orange Is the New Black actress and activist Laverne Cox has come forward with a statement in response to Trump’s ludicrous actions. And let me say, I admire the hell out of her strength and eloquence. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Cox said,

“I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current President This latest reversal of another Obama administration policy continues to send the message to trans Americans that our lives, our safety and service are less valuable and unwanted in this country, the country I love and hold so dear.”

She continued,

“Let’s all come together and send the message to trans Americans. Despite what this president and administration proclaims that trans lives, safety, and service are valuable, that they matter.”

May we raise the visibility of trans people in our society by listening to their words, reading their pieces, and amplifying their voices. If you are able to, you can also donate money to organizations like The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline, and any other organizations that are doing the important work that is so crucial at this time.

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Allie Bush
Allie Bush is a Contributing Writer at Femestella. She is interested in creating and sharing entertaining and engaging content, in whatever form it may take. She is a proud TV junkie and in her spare time can be found watching late night talk shows, talking about Chrissy Teigen or Amy Poehler, or eating off of other people's plates.