At a time when President Trump is trying to roll back the advancements the trans community has made, it’s refreshing to see a corporation like MTV celebrate the accomplishments of trans military members by inviting them to Sunday’s VMA awards.
“MTV has invited transgender members of the US armed forces to the 2017 Video Music Awards and we would be honored if they could attend,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV. “Any patriot who is putting their own life at risk to fight for our freedom and stands for equality is a hero at MTV, and to young people everywhere.”
But the question is: Can they go?
Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick told CNN Wednesday that “MTV has requested service member participation for this year’s VMAs.”
“At this time the Department of Defense is reviewing the parameters of the request,” Haverstick said.
Active duty military members face restrictions in participating in high-profile national public events, particularly those with a political bent.
So we shall see…
Towleroad reports about the recent (probably unconstitutional) Trump memo which
“orders the military to encourage transgender service members to retire early, not rehire enlisted transgender personnel as soon as their contracts expire, fire transgender officers who are up for promotion, and decline to take on new transgender enlisted personnel or officers.”
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