Not Every Trans Person Wants To Serve, But It's Nice To Have The Option/Right To

Not Every Trans Person Wants To Serve, But It's Nice To Have The Option/Right To

seriously tho have I done something wrong?
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Transgender rights are human rights.

Not all Trans people to enlist in the military, just like not all cisgender people want to enlist in the military.

The health insurance cost will not sky rocket, when we spend the just as much money if not more, on things that isn't a medical necessity.

Not all Trans people want to undergo medical procedures and medication.

This isn't about money, this is about people who are too scared to understand different people and rather be hostile and harsh about it without actually formulating a plan that works for everyone. This is about someone who rather "tweet" a message without even consulting those in the pentagon who are working hard to ensure that Transgender people are able to actually serve in this country.

There are so many trans people who would die for this country. There are so many people who transition after they have served because they loved this country so much.

With this news on top of the health care fiasco we've been hearing, it's very hard for a trans person to be positive. It's very hard to walk outside the house without feeling paranoid, feeling unsafe and vulnerable. Right now as is, Trans people out of the LGBTQIA community has the highest attempted suicide rates in youth and young adults. They also have a harder time getting documents changed to live a semi-normal life. They also have a harder time getting jobs, while most locations and states only offer protection against discrimination of sexual orientation, not many offer protection over discrimination of gender identity/gender expression.

While the Commander in chief has expressed his concerns about transgender people serving in the armed forces, it is something that he just cannot overturn with just a tweet thread. While he is the commander in chief there is still military personnel who greatly disagree with his comments. It was just about a year ago that the US Military and Pentagon officials deemed trans people eligible to serve in the US armed forces. It was just taking a year at least to put the policies into effect but it needed to be changed all across the boards among all the branches of the military. It was regarding medical transition support, policies to include them into the barracks, the bathroom policies and implementing rules and regulations that'll be obeyed by everyone.

I am scared for this country that keeps implementing harmful laws and changes to a very small minority group. There is not enough trans people to overturn any big group or make any big changes that disrupt the flow of society. The hate they get as a very small minority group shows how much the majority hate the people who barley make up 1% of the US population. Hate is still very much alive, may not be segregated as it once was less than a century ago, but it is cleverly disguised as "rules and regulations for the safety of the children"

#TransRightsAreHumanRights

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37 Things Growing Up in the South Taught You

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1. The art of small talking.
2. The importance of calling your momma.
3. The beauty of sweet tea.
4. How to use the term “ma'am” or “sir” (that is, use it as much as possible).
5. Real flowers are way better than fake flowers.
6. Sometimes you only have two seasons instead of four.
7. Fried chicken is the best kind of chicken.
8. When it comes to food, always go for seconds.
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14. If a man won’t meet your family after four dates, dump him.
15. If your family doesn’t like your boyfriend, dump him.
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17. But you should always make sure you can support your family.
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20. Just 'cause you are from Florida and it is in the south does not make you Southern.
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Respect And Celebrate Different Identities

Just because you don't think it's "normal" doesn't mean you can disrespect it.

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I've always believed "respect is earned, not given" to be utter BS, but that's even more true when it comes to how people identify. June is LGBT+ Pride Month, which means you're going to be hearing about a lot of different identities (gender- and orientation-wise) that you've probably never heard of.

Please, for the sake of everyone involved, don't be an ass if you don't understand what they identify as. At one point, everyone has questioned an identity that they came across (and if you say you haven't, I'm going to say you're lying). Do that in your head, but be respectful to the person.

I've been online for years, and I'm guilty of bashing people's identities because I thought they were "weird" and didn't fully understand them. Guess what? I recognize that as being a horrible thing to do and have since matured.

It costs you nothing to be respectful.

When I see an identity I don't fully understand, I either ask the person about it (respectfully) or shrug it off because it's none of my business. The most it affects me is when it comes to their preferred name and pronouns, but even that isn't a big deal. It won't end my life if I call someone by a set of pronouns I don't understand.

Now, I'm not saying to not ask questions out of fear of being disrespectful; I'm saying to not be a total jerk when asking.

When in doubt, ask them about it. "Hey, can you explain what ____ means?" is a very different way to start a conversation than "I've never heard of ____ and think it's gross/wrong, so it doesn't exist."

The worst possible thing you can do is tell someone their identity doesn't exist. That pretty much tells the person that they don't exist, which is really just a dick move.

Because, again, what does it cost you to be respectful?

That's right, nothing.

Their identity doesn't hurt you in any way. Them being gay or trans or somewhere in the middle or both literally does you no harm. Respecting them does you no harm.

You may not understand if someone identifies as a "non-binary pansexual they/them," but they know full well what it means. That's all that matters. All you have to do is respect them and call them what they want to be called rather than what you think they should be called.

Nobody knows someone better than they know themselves.

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