In the first video, this is a report about the directive from Trump to ban transgender military recruits in case you missed the specifics. The guidelines to be followed by military officials are specified by Trump administration leaders.
The second video is an MTV interview where several transgender military members arrived on the red carpet of MTV’s Video Music Awards. Earlier in the week, the Department of Defense confirmed that MTV had requested the presence of transgender military members. Air Force Staff Sergeant Logan B. Ireland said in the MTV interview, “I believe that America was built on diversity and to be able to be here to share that is a really good experience.”
This is not the first time that an MTV awards show has brought politics into the spotlight. Last year, Beyonce came onto the red carpet with several women whose sons were killed because of police brutality. These women became the faces for Mothers of the Movement. In 2010, Lady Gaga brought soldiers who were either asked to leave the military or discharged because of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and president of GLAAD, said, “They’re so progressive. MTV has always been a leader dating back two decades with ‘The Real World’ when they had the first person with AIDS on a show. MTV has always been a leader and a responder, MTV represents the youth today.”
Anyone who wants to serve their country should be allowed to serve regardless of sexual orientation on all levels. It does not matter if you are a man, woman, gay, lesbian, transgender, white, black, Latinx, or anything in between, we are all Americans.