Another Dark Day For Our Country

Hello, Sprites!

I wish I could say that today was a good day but it wasn’t. I’ve spent most of it in quiet shock and sadness for my trans brothers and sisters: This morning, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court opted to allow Trump’s ban on transgender service members from the US military to go forward. If that wasn’t enough, it was done on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade which is telling considering how far to the right McConnell and Trump have dragged the court.

Here is Shannon Minter discussing the ban on NPR.

I don’t pretend to understand gender dysphoria. I’ve spent ninety percent of my life wishing I were in someone else’s skin but never have I wished I was someone else’s gender. So I have no point of reference. But I stand for their rights, humanity, and dignity as I stand for my own. Transgender individuals deserve to be treated as human beings, as individuals, as people. And know this: these people that this administration is allowing, and even encouraging, discrimination against are hard working individuals that have served their country with integrity, with honor and with valor. They deserve better than what Donald Trump is handing them. And they deserve all of our support and help through this terrible time.

So, Sprites, if you can, please help our trans brothers and sisters as much as you can during this difficult time. There are a myriad of ways you can provide support: you can offer assistance by volunteering with a transgender rights group, if you have transgender friends tell them how much they mean to you and that they are loved and important, and of course, if you have the extra, you can donate monetarily to The Transgender Law Center, The National Center For Lesbian Rights, GLAD and/or The National Center For Transgender Equality. Anything helps in these dark hours.

And in the meantime, I have a message for @realDonaldTrump, @POTUS, and @VP: In case you haven’t noticed, this is not a white flag and we will NEVER give up fighting for our friends, our brothers, our sisters, our people because these colors do not run.