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Standing with trans Americans

Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed my resolution condemning Donald Trump's ban on transgender Americans serving in the Armed Forces.

In America's history – an ongoing, centuries-long struggle to live up to the simple premise that all people are created equal – far too many of our presidents have resisted progress.

And now Trump is actively arguing that some Americans ought to count less than they do.

His ban on transgender servicemembers springs from the spiteful, opportunistic cruelty that has characterized his time in politics, from the birther conspiracy to family separation. It's a cynical policy designed to divide Americans by bringing out our very worst.

And Congress, I'm sorry to say, hasn't done nearly enough to stand up to him, but last week's bipartisan vote suggests we might finally be turning a corner.

To be honest, I don't expect we're going to change Trump's transphobia; he's shown himself proudly resistant to new information, personal growth, or anything that might resemble grace.

Nevertheless, Congresspeople of both parties stepped up to tell transgender troops – and all transgender Americans – that in the face of Donald Trump's attacks, your government sees you, values you, and is standing proudly by your side.

Joe

Posted on April 3, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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