Much to the shock and horror of the trans community, the current administration made the shitty-as-fuck announcement that trans men and women are now banned from military service. President Strange-Cross-Between-A-Troll-from-the-Animated-Hobbit-Film-and-a-Disguise-a-Wayans-Brother-Might-Wear-in-a-Movie literally tweeted that the U.S. Government “…will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
What year is this? What in the tragic foreshadowing fucking year is this?
His major reason for the decision was the cost of medically supporting these individuals. In his ambush of tweets this morning he said that the military needed to focus more on winning that be “burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
The Lord of Oranges is modeling both a full re-enactment of the prologue of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and a sentence containing his favorite word. I’d wager that there was never a time in the history of the United States when its people weren’t more self-conscious of the word “tremendous.”
Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project said, “The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander in chief who rejects their basic humanity.”
It also bears pointing out that “total military spending on erectile dysfunction medicines amounts to $84 million annually” while “typical health care costs for gender transition-related medical treatment… would cost the military between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually.”
While it’s clear that the current administration is busy with dealing with the many consequences of their actions (one of them possibly being a big consequence that rhymes with “Scriminal Dinvestigation”), they may not be prepared for the backlash of opposition on this issue. LGBT groups have been uniting in protest since January, and as long as groups have the constitutional right to an assembly, there will be some heavy assemblage on this issue as well. It’s a date, Hobbit Troll.