The Washington Post reports that General Mattis has put the military transgender ban on hold for the near future. The statement explained that he will first develop a study and implementation plan “as directed” by the president in a memorandum released Friday. After the panel makes its recommendations and he consults with the secretary of homeland security, he will provide his advice to Trump. In the meantime, policy regarding transgender service members will remain in place. And Mattis has been recorded exhorting troops to “hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
While this hot mess of misguided military policy is being sorted out, here is a short clip to help us remember the struggles it has taken to get this far. Through a collaborative video from the ACLU (yes! the ACLU does video!), Transparent producer and artist Zackary Drucker, Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and the creative team of Molly Crabapple and Kim Boekbinder, they tell the story of trans history and resistance. (h/t to AGD)
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