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Transgender military members attend the MTV VMAs

Transgender military members attend the MTV VMAs”

Jennifer Peace and Navy corpsman Akira Wyatt, and trans veterans Laila Ireland and Brynn Tannehill were seen on the iconic red carpet, wearing T-shirts with their military roles on them; Tannehill opted for her full uniform.

MTV's show of support comes a month after President Donald Trump's Twitter announcement that transgender individuals would no longer serve "in any capacity" in the USA military.

'Our nation is only safe if we have the best and brightest in our military, ' they told reporters on the red carpet.

The 33rd annual V.M.A.s follow a tense political summer, and arrive just days after Donald Trump signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender people in the military on Friday. There was a time when blacks couldn't serve, when women couldn't serve, when gays and lesbians couldn't serve, and there was a time when trans people couldn't serve.

She continued, "But today the armed forces are open to everyone regardless of your race, gender, religion, or anything else".

Last week, MTV president Chris McCarthy shared a statement saying the VMAs would be honored if transgender members of the U.S. Armed Forces would attend.

Transgender service members are sending a message on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet.

Six transgender military members will attend the ceremony, including four active duty members and at least one veteran.

"For the President to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice", Logan previously told PEOPLE.



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