Earlier this week, in a series of manic Tweets, Donald Trump announced an impromptu ban on transpeople serving in the military — a move that caught the Pentagon unawares, sparked massive protests, and has infuriated the better part of the nation.
Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland, one of the most respected transpeople currently serving in the military, was quick to stand up to the ban.
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“I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military,” he tells Air Force Times.
“You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.”
In 2012, Ireland began transitioning, coming out three years later.
He’s currently married to Cpl. Laila Villanueva, a trans woman, and their relationship was explored in a 2015 New York Times documentary, “Transgender, at War and in Love.”
“For the president to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice,” says Ireland.
“I would personally love for my president to meet me so I can tell him about myself, and the 15,500 honorably-serving transgender military members that are fighting right now for their liberties and their country….
We have pilots, we have doctors, we have combat medics, we have security forces members like myself. We are everywhere in the military, and for our president to not have a military member’s back that is willing to die for him, blows my mind. And it just makes me very motivated today to continue my training.”
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