Late Friday Trump signed an executive order demanding the Department of Defense stop allowing transgender individuals to serve in the US military. Last night, the MTV Video Music Awards invited six transgender military members to walk the blue carpet. MTV president Chris McCarthy said,
“Any patriot who is putting their own life at risk to fight for our freedom and stand for equality is a hero at MTV, and to young people everywhere.”
Those heroes are Brynn Tannehill, Laila Ireland, Akira Wyatt, Jennifer Peace, Logan Ireland and Sterling James Crutcher along with GLAAD‘s president Sarah Kate Ellis.
Laila Ireland said, before the show began,
“Historically, the VMAs have been a huge platform for social issues that are currently happening, so being able to have that platform and share our stories is important to us.”
ConDRAGulations, MTV and our trans troops, we’re proud!
— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) August 28, 2017