Advocates in Long Island’s LGBT community and demonstrators in New York City pushed back Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender people from the military, vowing to fight the policy reversal.
The change to accept transgender people serving openly in the military was in the process of being implemented after it was authorized in the last year of former President Barack Obama’s administration.
But the transgender community’s gain appeared to be undone Wednesday in a pair of tweets by Trump, who said the country’s Armed Forces need to be focused on victory “and cannot be burdened with the tremendous costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
In the city, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the Army recruiting center in Times Square, with some holding signs that read “resist” and “we object” as a stream of people took to a podium, including City Council members and transgender military veterans.
“When I read his tweets, it hit me hard,” said Dash Porter, 18, a student from Astoria who recently came out as transgender. “So we’re going to fight back and do what we have to do.”
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