Since Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military service members was announced earlier this week, many people have spoken out against this explosive attack on the trans community. One of the most prominent transgender people in the military, Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland, is standing up to Trump’s vile ban.
“I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military,” Ireland said in a recent interview with Air Force Times. “You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.”
Ireland began his transition in 2012 and came out three years later sharing his story with the world. He is married to a trans woman who serves in the army, Cpl. Laila Villanueva, and the two appeared in the 2015 New York Times doc, “Transgender, at War and in Love.”
Ireland, a security forces airman who deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, consulted with the Air Force last year as it drafted its guidance for how it will incorporate transgender airmen into its ranks.
“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,” Ireland said. “I would personally love for my president to meet me so I can tell him about myself, and the 15,500 honorably-serving transgender military members that are fighting right now for their liberties and their country.”
Ireland emphasized the wide variety of roles transgender people serve today in the Air Force.
“We have pilots, we have doctors, we have combat medics, we have security forces members like myself,” Logan Ireland said. “We are everywhere in the military, and for our president to not have a military member’s back that is willing to die for him, blows my mind. And it just makes me very motivated today to continue my training.”