The best way to celebrate Veteran's Day 2019 is speaking truth to power. #VeTRANsDay2019
With Trump's transgender military ban having gone into effect this past April, Veteran's Day 2019 serves as a bitter reminder of discrimination against the US's 134,000+ transgender vets.
Trump's ongoing crusade against fully capable service members, based solely on hatred of their identities, is an affront to human rights and a kick in the face to the personal freedoms that define Americans as Americans.
Now, in a beautiful act of acceptance for transgender veterans, Twitter users have started tweeting under the hashtag #VetransDay2019. And while the misspelling (it's actually "Veteran's Day") might appear so subtle that an average Twitter user could scroll past it with nary a thought, considering the sociopolitical circumstances, there's no doubt that #VetransDay2019 is a conscious act of protest against hateful right-wing discrimination.
Everyone from elementary school classes to football teams has voiced their support for transgender veterans. It's truly inspiring to see how accepting and open-minded the younger generations have become.
We are thankful to all of our veterans at CES! #TeamCES #VetransDay2019 https://t.co/Y1t1FwgvJc— Camden Elementary School (@Camden Elementary School)1573484117.0
Thank you to all that have served and that continue to serve. #VetransDay2019 https://t.co/KAqTDfa9Fl— NorthwesternFootball (@NorthwesternFootball)1573479982.0
One Twitter user even posted a suggestion that transgender veterans should get Veteran's Day off from work––a great idea if we've ever heard one!
IMO. If you are a veteran you should get a paid day off today. #VetransDay2019— Uncle Cocktail (@Uncle Cocktail)1573490050.0
But perhaps most amazingly, some Trump supporters are even reaching across the aisle to speak out in opposition to their beloved leader by showing their unyielding support for transgender peoples' rights. This Twitter user might not like the left, but that doesn't stop him from standing up for the transgender veterans who have bravely served America.
Happy #VetransDay2019 to those who've served to protect our freedom and liberty🗽. The left is determined to destroy… https://t.co/9CDvJM0OPF— ᒎʘᔕΞ¥ Ꮤ∆ᏝΞᔕ 🇺🇸 (@ᒎʘᔕΞ¥ Ꮤ∆ᏝΞᔕ 🇺🇸)1573495998.0
There are very rarely wholly positive news stories these days, but #VeTRANsDay2019 seems to have pierced through the turmoil, bringing Americans together in the name of supporting and advocating for some of our bravest citizens during a time when they need it most.
Of course, we must acknowledge the possibility that some boomer, in a blind frenzy of alcohol-fuelled patriotism, just misspelled "Veteran" as "Vetran," and then a bunch of other dumb boomers retweeted it. If that were the case, #VetransDay2019 would not be an act of protest, so much as it would be further proof that boomers need to get off social media. But we're choosing to believe the former.
Happy VeTRANs Day 2019!
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