Joe Kennedy to bring transgender soldier to Trump’s State of the Union address


The up-and-coming US congressman is the one who will bring the rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address this week, raising him to national prominence. The Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, Rep. Kennedy will use his prominent role to challenge the POTUS and his administration for all the anti-LGBT measures they provide. To underline his point, the lawmaker has invited a transgender soldier, Staff Sgt. Patricia King, to be his guest to the State of the Union address, which is set to take place on Tuesday evening. Staff Sgt. King, a veteran of 19 years, has spoken out against Trump’s hastily-implemented ban on transgender troops, which was announced last summer with no consultation with military chiefs. Kennedy promised to mention the soldier in his next speech. Rep. Kennedy was last year chosen as chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force in Congress. He said at the time: “From education to health care to public safety: transgender Americans are told near daily that their rights count as less. In a country built on the promise of equal protection, this is unacceptable. Facing new threats from a new Administration and discriminatory policies rearing their heads across the country, this Task Force is united in its unwavering support for the transgender community, grateful for the partnership of our allies and friends, and energized for the fight ahead.”


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