Yesterday, President Donald Trump sent shockwaves round the world by announcing that transgender people would be barred from serving in the US military in any capacity.
But it wasn’t just the message itself that stunned so many people. His means of communication – three tweets – took everyone by surprise, considering the weight of such a discriminatory policy. There are currently an estimated 15,000 transgender soldiers in the US military – many of whom rely on military healthcare support as well as their wages.
Thousands of people across the world responded with sadness, anger and solidarity – including many LGBTQ+ YouTubers.
Transgender activist and YouTuber Alex Bertie called Donald Trump “scum”, before offering a message of strength to the rest of the trans community, promising that “the furture will be brighter no matter who tries to stand in the way of progress,” while Pentatonix boys Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying tweeted out the hashtag, “#TransRightsAreHumanRights.”
Gigi Gorgeous tweeted a video message offering hope those affected by the ban, before asking allies to “step up to the occasion,” while Skylar Kergil called out the morality of Trumps decision, saying “only an awful human wouldn’t protect those who put their lives on the line for them. Trans soldiers are braver than Trump will ever be.”
Meanwhile, Kat Blaque offered a take on Trump’s transgender army ban that takes into account the wider implications of war.
She explained in a series of tweets that, while she cares about transgender people being able to keep their jobs and protecting the trans community from discrimination, “imperialism is imperialism”.
Shortly after Trump’s transgender army ban was announced, the hashtag #TransPeopleAreNotABurden began to trend.
The hashtag was in response to Trump’s description of transgender people as a “burden” during the policy announcement – Connor Franta was one of the many YouTubers who echoed this sentiment on social media.
Sex and wellbeing YouTuber Stevie Boebi hit out at those who believed Donald Trump would protect the LGBTQ+ community. “We told you Trump would eventually come for queer people and you didn’t believe us,” she said.