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Canadian Armed Forces ‘Fire Back’ At Trump Transgender Ban

Photo: @CanadianForces / Twitter

The Canadian Armed Forces put out a bold statement in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people from serving in any capacity within the US Military.

The Canadian Armed Force represents the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force. The Department of National Defense is the federal government department which provides administration, policy and civilian support to all the Forces.

It may seem like a piece of typical recruitment communication or a public relations message but also directly serves as firing back against President Trump’s new military policy. It also makes Canada’s stance and policy clear to its own military personnel and public at large. This time of year also happens to be the season for Pride festivities.

The statement echoes a similar tone to responses by world leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to other recent Trump Government policies like the infamous ‘Travel Ban’ or anti-refugee/immigration sentiments. It was Tweeted out a few hours after the official US Government announcement (which was 3 Tweets by the Commander-in-Chief):

Photo/Twitter screen shot July 26, 2017

The Donald cites burdens like “tremendous medical costs” and “disruption” to the military world as reasoning for not allowing any transgender individuals from serving in any capacity. He also mentions his Administration consulted with General and military experts and that the focus must be on victory.

Like night and day, the Canadian Forces see things totally opposite and make it clear that they welcome Canadians “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” further stamped with #DiversityIsOurStrength to their Tweet which links to a recruitment page.

It’s unclear if the ‘Transgender Ban’ will echo the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) official US military policy which was instated by the Clinton Administration in 1994 and abolished by President Obama in 2011.

Naturally Vancouver’s very own Seth Rogen chimed in:

Here are some other reactions to Trump’s ‘Transgender Ban” by some prominent American figures:

https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/890271940186742784

https://twitter.com/AdamBlickstein/status/890212438418829314

Samanta Bee summed it up nicely:

At the time of publication there were no official statements by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau or Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan. There are calls for them by Canadian politicians to publicly condemn the American policy in the name of human rights and freedom.

It’s yet another very polarizing social and political issue, not just ingrained in America.

More #LetThemServe and #DiverscityIsOurStrength

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