TO THE EDITOR:
President Trump’s unexpected announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the military has left many transgender Bridgewater State University students and alumni in fear. As the director of the Pride Center at BSU, I’ve heard from transgender students and alumni who are now grappling with how this unexpected announcement will affect their life’s work, their families, and their dream to serve their country.
It is difficult to convey the emotional toll that arises upon hearing from a world leader that you are a burden and disruption because of an immutable identity you hold. Many feel devastated by the reality that someone who knows nothing about their talents has the power to deny their dreams.
Members of the BSU community can be assured that transgender individuals are not only welcome here but are celebrated. We steadfastly continue our commitment to equity and inclusion for all people.
The idea of transgender people openly serving in the military enjoys bipartisan support, and the court of public opinion has steadily been bending toward LGBT equality. For the students, the alumni, and yes, our country’s military, may transgender individuals continue to openly serve the country they love.
Bridgewater State University
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