After several courts ruled against the ban, and many military leaders spoke out against the ban, Trump finally gave up the battle.
But what Trump did accomplish was to draw public attention to the many transgender service members who, as District Judge Kollar-Kotelly noted in the first of several court rulings against the ban “have and continue to serve with distinction.” Trumps attempt to drum trans service member out of the military backfired and only served to strengthen the resolve of those who serve and those who support them.
It’s easy to overlook the good things that are happening when we’re bombarded daily with so much negativity, but they are there if we look.
And I think we all, myself included, need to refocus on the positives and not dwell so much on the negatives.
Democrats were the big winners when the votes were counted, and the LGBT community was the biggest winner of all, showing that the Trump Administration’s agenda of hate and discrimination is not working and is not endorsed by a growing number of Americans.
Democrat Danica Roem became the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and seated to a state legislature when she beat 26-year incumbent Bob Marshall for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
But she fought through it and survived and is stronger because of it.
“To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you,” she told her supporters Tuesday night.Marshall is well known for his anti-trans beliefs, having proposed a bathroom bill earlier this year to restrict access to public bathrooms for trans people.During the campaign Marshall continually misgendered Roem by using male pronouns.Collectively and individually we are stronger than we realize.I just read a post on social media by a friend about what she has had to endure during her life, and she has had deal with some horrendous situations and a lot guilt and self-doubt.