The next time somebody on the “right” side of the debate of transgender rights wants to claim the American/patriotic/duty to country/Fourth of July high ground, you might remind everybody within hearing of what is fact. According to this report from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 20% of their transgender sample are veterans. That’s right. 20%, approximately twice the general population average. I’m one of them and I know others.
I will not let others co-opt the message of freedom and independence that I wore that uniform to serve. This Fourth of July I am asking you to do the same. That person wearing the “Support the Troops” t-shirt — remind him or her that is supposed to mean support ALL the troops – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual AND Transgender!