President Trump's shocking announcement made on Wednesday, July 26, banning transgender people from serving in the military has left many in shock.
After running his campaign saying he is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, this announcement is a blow to the trans members of the U.S. military. It's also a huge step backward when only a year ago, trans members of the military were not only allowed to serve freely but encouraged to undergo any medical treatments needed during their time.
People are really upset about the news and want to do more than just tweet.
Those against the military trans ban are looking to come together to protest and try stopping the ban.
"Protest at all Trump properties..."
So what can you do in protest Trump's very unfair announcement? You can...
Calling your local representative and letting them know your concerns and even ask them to oppose things like the trans ban. You can call, email, and in some cases, even set up appointments to speak with your local government officials. Find your local representatives here.
Keep an eye out for local actions.
Be on the look out for different groups and organizations looking to get rid of the military trans ban, in your community. No group is too small.
Join -- or create -- an organized protest.
If no one in the city or town you live in is starting a protest, make one yourself. Get people excited on social media and let your voices be heard. If a person or organization in your town is hosting a protest, join in. There is power in numbers.
Speak your mind.
If you're unable to attend organized protests and have a hard time getting in touch with local representative, you always have social media. Take to Twitter and speak your mind about the causes that are important to you.
You should also speak out in your own community to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. It may seem like something small -- and sometimes it's hard to do when you're speaking to people you know -- but it sends an important message of togetherness.