Celebrities Show Support for Transgender Americans Serving in the Military
On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump made the divisive decision to announce that transgender individuals would be barred from serving in the U.S. military in any capacity. And not surprisingly, the revelation has since been met with outspoken criticism by many.
"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," Trump said in a series of tweets.
It's the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of dramatic policy changes made by the current POTUS and largely disseminated via his personal Twitter feed.
Celebrities swiftly decried the announcement, returning Trump's twitter fire with social media fire of their own.
Stars like Jaime King and Emmy Rossum pointed out the sheer hypocrisy in Trump's decision, citing his own promise to be "the most LGBT friendly President ever" and real stats about trans people in the military.
Others encouraged pushback against the transphobic policy change.
Some offered messages of solidarity and support directly to the trans community, including award-winning (and barrier-breaking) trans actress Laverne Cox.
Many simply expressed their shock and disgust over the decision.
Blake Lively pointed out that that "we the people..." means all the people.
And Lady Gaga reminded 45 that his decision will have a ripple effect, not just among America's military, but also among our youth.