Monday, September 11, 2017

What A Nightmare That Trump Has Created For Us

We can serve, we can’t serve… no wait yes we can serve, well kind of. We are being used like pawns for votes. Trump’s bigoted ruling on trans people in the military has created a nightmare for those who are in the military now.
Transgender Iowan deploys to Hurricane Irma despite president's ban
Des Moines Register
By Courtney Crowder,
September 8, 2017

Witnessing the desperation and the kindness of strangers that followed in the path of Katrina — as it does so most disasters —Thomas made a decision.

When she got the chance, she would be one of the rescuers reaching a hand to people on roofs and highway overpasses. In the glow of CNN’s 24-hour Katrina coverage, Thomas vowed to join the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2011, she made good on that vow, entering the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a civilian volunteer force, and working her way up to flotilla commander, which, she said, is roughly equivalent to the rank of lieutenant.
She’s working with fellow Coast Guard members to prepare and coordinate search and rescue efforts in response to Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms recorded in Atlantic waters, which could make landfall in Florida as early as this weekend.
Thomas, 59, a transgender woman and activist, deployed in the wake of President Trump’s much-reported ban on transgender people serving in the military.
She is mission orientated just like all the other military members
“When I’m on a search-and-rescue mission, the job of rescuing people in distress comes absolutely first,” she said. “I’m not individually concerned with who you voted for or where you go to church. My only concern is that you are in trouble and that I have the skills — and my organization has the skills — to do something about saving your life.”
I wonder how man of the people that she has recused cared that she is trans? I bet you not a one.

This is what Adm. Paul F. Zukunft said,
 “I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller [the branch’s first openly transitioning officer], who was featured on the cover of The Washington Post last week,” he said. “Now, if you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the U.S. Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.'"

My heart and thoughts go out to everyone in Florida, and my ex-Connecticut friends down there are slowly checking in and letting everyone that they are okay.

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