President Donald Trump announced a surprise new policy on Twitter Wednesday morning. In a series of three tweets, the president said that transgender individuals will no longer be able to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. Military. He wrote that the country’s armed forced cannot be “burdened” by the “disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
The announcement took people by surprise from Twitter to the Pentagon as it threatens the livelihoods of thousands of American enlistees and veterans. People quickly responded with love for the trans community on social media. The hashtag #TransRightsAreHumanRights started trending online and several stars joined in to voice their support.