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Critics Say Trump’s Ban on Trans People in the Armed Forces Doesn’t Reflect Reality of Military Life

Critics Say Trump’s Ban on Trans People in the Armed Forces Doesn’t Reflect Reality of Military Life

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Until Donald Trump tweeted out his plans to ban transgender troops from entering the military, Tech Sgt. Jamie Hash never felt unwelcome during her eight years in the U.S. Air Force. Indeed, when she informed her supervisor in June 2016 of her pending transition, the response was supportive

Trans Texans’ Military Dreams on Hold Under Trump Administration

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. In January, Misty Brandon’s 24-year-old son sold his furniture and his truck and moved from San Antonio to Colorado with one goal in mind: To join the military in June. That’s because in June, the U.S. Department of Defense was going to officially let openly transgender people enroll

USAA to Co-Sponsor LGBT Military Gala in DC

San Antonio-based USAA ( United Services Automobile Association) will be a joint sponsor of the 4th Annual American Military Partner Association’s National Gala — the nation’s largest LGBT military event of the year — slated for May 13 in Washington DC. With more than 50,000 members and supporters, the AMPA is the nation’s largest non-profit

Dad2: We’re in the Army Now

When my 11th-grader confessed one night at dinner that he was not ready for college and wanted to join the military instead, I was thrown.     We hear those stories about the day we have to send our grown kids off into the world.   With most of my friends, it is usually about

Trauma isn’t confined to the battlefield

In 2015, transgender military members risk administrative separation, meaning the person is forced out of the service, typically with no educational or retirement benefits.   Love and change are not mutually exclusive terms. Unfortunately, fear creeps in when there is change. I love this country and tear up when the national anthem is played. Lately,

How the military liberated one South Texas boy

Telling: San Antonio, October 1-5, 2014, Carlos Alvarez Theater, The Tobin Center Ticket info here. When he was a young man in Victoria, Texas, playwright, poet and critic Gregg Barrios joined the Air Force medical service, encouraged by uncles who had served in the military during the relatively peaceful years that followed World War II. U.S. involvement