The Transgender Ban and Politics of Exclusion

The following is a guest post from Jennifer Spindel and Robert Ralston, Ph.D. Candidates in Political Science at the University of Minnesota.

On 26 July 2017, Donald Trump announced, via Twitter, that the US Government would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.”[1] Notably, the tweets were sent exactly 69 years after President Harry Truman issued the order to integrate the US military. Even if Trump’s tweets do not lead to formal policies, they exemplify the narrative that “others” would disrupt cohesion, thus would negatively affect the military’s ability to win “decisive and overwhelming victory.”

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Occupy APSA? The Queer Rights Version

If you order from Cafe Press on Amazon, tshirts can get delivered by Tuesday – in time to tell APSA that, even if you’re going to the conference, you haven’t forgotten that APSA is wrong on this issue. Sorry for the late announcement – my to-do list got a little backed up …


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