Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-06-20
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Trans advocates discuss military ban
by Matt Simonette
2017-08-16

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Officials from the Trans United Fund, an advocacy working on behalf of transgender and gender-expansive individuals and their allies, and SPART*A, an organization for LGBT service members and veterans, on Aug. 10, convened an online discussion with numerous advocates to address President Donald Trump's threatened ban of transgender individuals from the military.

"The president obviously has a tremendous bully pulpit get his message out there, and his recent comments … have obviously had a tremendously powerful impact on folks in active service, reservists, veterans [and] those who are considering enlisting, as well as in the broader community," said Hayden Mora, Trans United's co-founder.

Laila Ireland, SPART*A's membership director, said that Trump's comments perpetuate a "destructive narrative" about transgender Americans.

"As long as [a ban] remains in place, people will be able to point to it and say, 'These people are sick,'" Ireland said. "…They will not be able to be seen as full citizens."

Activist Angelica Ross, who endured a brief but difficult stint in the military, acknowledged the importance of addressing Trump's ban, but urged some community members to continue squaring off on issues like transphobia and socio-political inequities experienced by transgender individuals. She further suggested that persons impacted both directly and indirectly by the ban reflect on their talents and how they can best contribute to their causes.

"One thing for all of us trans folks is to really take inventory of your capacity and your skills," she said. "So if you want to be there to fight on the ground, great. But also, there's a big misconception about the talent available in our community. … I feel like there's a big battle going on at home. I feel like we could use all hands on deck here at home."

Ireland noted an inherent difficulty facing the trans military personnel who are currently most in the crosshairs—they will be limited by how much they can publicly speak about the latest developments.

"What everyone has to understand is that, in the military, you're very limited in what you can and cannot say," she explained. "Your job is not to speculate or ridicule the policy, our president or people in Congress. Your job is to go to work, do the job, get it done, go home."

Another panelist reminded the advocates that the argument against a ban needs to be framed as much as possible without appealing to abstract discussions.

"Don't make it about 'fairness' and 'equality'; make it, 'How would you feel if the president ordered that you lose your job?" she said. "These are people with lives and families and children who depend on them for housing and medical care. … Those are fears that people understand. When you appeal to common values and common concerns, you make [many] more inroads with potential allies."

Ireland, a 12-year military veteran, noted the importance of maintaining diverse personnel in the military.

"Every person I worked with, and every person who was on my team, came from different backgrounds and [had] different identities," she said. "We needed those differences to move forward and become successful."


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Emma Gonzalez part of June 15 march 2018-07-14 - Emma Gonzalez and other students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are scheduled to take part in St. Sabina Church's annual ...


Gay News

Money bond, pretrial incarceration hurting Chicago's LGBTQ Communities 2018-06-20 - On any given day, more than 90% of people in Cook County Jail ( "CCJ" ) are presumed innocent and yet are locked ...


Gay News

TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose' 2018-06-20 - Angelica Ross is busy. She's filming a movie in the fall with Whoopi Goldberg. She's the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm ...


Gay News

WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup 2018-06-19 - Seyoisfjorour, a town in Iceland with only 700 residents, has created a rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents, LGBTQ ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Palm Springs, NYC Pride, Alan Turing 2018-06-19 - The California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus recognized the Palm Springs City Council June 11 in Sacramento for being the nation's first elected all LGBTQ ...


Gay News

SAVOR Trans ice-cream social, Furious Spoon, Taste of Chicago 2018-06-19 - On June 13, Center on Halsted held its third annual transgender ice-cream social, a free event for members of the LGBTQ community—and, specifically, ...


Gay News

Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database 2018-06-19 - Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on ...


Gay News

Federal Court Denies Renewed Attempt to Implement Transgender Military Ban 2018-06-15 - ( SEATTLE, June 15, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle denied yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement ...


Gay News

EI Urges Gov. Rauner to Extend Non-Discrimination Protections to All Illinois Workplaces 2018-06-15 - CHICAGO—Equality Illinois urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation that would extend Illinois' workplace non-discrimination protections to businesses of all sizes in the ...


Gay News

Men & Women in Prison Ministries to observe National HIV Testing Day June 27 2018-06-15 - In honor of the 23rd National HIV Testing Day, Men & Women in Prison Ministries ( MWIPM ) will launch the "Stigma Stops ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.