Trump to meet trans troops face to face at State of the Union address

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Democrat lawmakers have invited transgender service members to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address where he is going to discuss the country’s current condition with the Congress, as well as outlining the administration’s priorities for the year ahead. Presidential hopeful and LGBT+ ally Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to announce her guest to the event, Lt. Commander Blake Dremann—the first openly transgender service member to be promoted in our military’s history. The New York Senator joins three of her fellow lawmakers in extending invitations to member of the armed forces targeted by the transgender military ban promoted by the Trump administration, which does not allow trans people to join armed forces if they have undergone gender related treatment or require one. Openly gay New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas, who was elected to the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections, invited transgender Navy veteran Tavion Dignard. California Representative Jackie Speier, who fought to lift the previous ban on transgender troops openly serving in the military, announced she will be bringing Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland. Virginia Congressman A. Donald McEachin, another vocal opponent of Trump’s military ban, will host Navy Petty Officer Second Class Megan Winters, an active-duty transgender soldier who has served in the armed forces for nearly six years.

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