Trans Military Members At VMAs Share Uplifting Message: "Keep On Marching"
On Aug. 27, 2017, transgender military service members walked the MTV VMAs red carpet to spread messages of inclusivity and love amid Trump's trans military ban. The service members walked with GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis and the LGBTQ military group SPART*A, and had the chance to speak with Elite Daily about what it means for them to be here today. Retired Army veteran Laila Ireland explained why having trans military members at the VMAs is so important:
Ireland served for 12 years in the United States Army and served two combat tours in Iraq. Laila and her then fiancé, Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, came out together as transgender service members in the New York Times short film, Transgender, at War and in Love. When asked about what message they hope to send to the trans youth by walking the VMAs red carpet, SSgt Logan Ireland commented,
The couple also discussed how celebrities have been using their platform to advocate for the LGBTQ community. Ireland explained P!nk, Kesha, and Katy Perry are notable stars:
A special thank you to Laila, Logan, and all the other transgender military members for attending the VMAs and sharing their stories.