President Trump to ban transgenders from U.S. Military

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The social media world is still buzzing after President Trump's Twitter statement from earlier this morning. In a series of three tweets, the president disclosed his proposed ban on transgenders in the military.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...

...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...

victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you"

Shortly after the president's Twitter announcement, the hashtag "trans rights are human's rights" quickly started trending across social media.

People in the Southcentral Kentucky area turned to our Facebook page to discuss their thoughts. Some on our page strongly agreed with the president and backed up their opinions with facts. Meanwhile, others doing the exact same in opposition.

One LGBTQ advocate in the community, spoke with us today about her stance on the matter.

"This is a blatant act of discrimination and it's a blatant act to dehumanize a group of people who went to work today doing their jobs and are suddenly under threat," says Dr. Patricia Minter, WKU History professor, and Bowling Green Fairness member.

The tweets have the opposition questioning its validity.

"You can't change policy, and rules, for the United States military personnel with a tweet," explains Minter.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders elaborated on Trump's ban decision.

"The decision is based on a military decision. It's not meant to be anything more than that," says Sanders.

There are currently thousands of transgender individuals who serve in the U.S. military. It's unclear how exactly the White House and Defense Department will handle current transgender military members, but Sanders says it will be handled 'lawfully.'

"I work with the Bowling Green Fairness movement, and I've studied discrimination during my career as a historian at Western Kentucky University," says Minter. "And discrimination is wrong, we know that."

Whether the president's tweet is an act of discrimination or strictly a military decision, appears to depend on who you talk to.

In an effort to present both sides of this issue, we reached out to dozens of people to get a comment agreeing with the president's decision, but no local people would talk with us.



 
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