⌘ Please Be Advised

July 27, 2017

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” - Trump’s transgender tweet ban, July 26, 2017

* * *

Put down your guns,
strip down
your fatigues,
reattach your blown off         limbs,
pour the foreign sand
out of your active combat boots,
unpin your purple heart
there on your chest,
for you are not welcome here.

Though your uniform looks
as sharp as the next
soldier, the top brass
on your collar shines like lonely stars,
you must fall out of the ranks
of so-called heroes
for you are not welcome here.

One year of being out and serving
without any unit cohesion issues,
no readiness faults,
no crumbling of machismo that solidifies brotherhood,
there have always been transgender soldiers,
but now there is a price tag
for heroism
that a draft dodger civilian in chief
doesn’t want to pay
for you are not welcome here.

The military doesn’t want
to foot the bill for your gender-reassignment
but will spend
ten times those millions on Viagra
because their erections are more important
than your standing tall as who you really are,
though you still fight,
and serve,
and salute to,
and stand for the freedoms
this country does not allow you,
for you are not welcome here.

You have likely been a
soldier since birth,
fighting a war
inside you, against the body
you were born into,
a secret mouth,
a tightly bound up chest,
your clumsy/sure feet
stealing moments in mother’s high heels,
this idea of body parts
and mirrors,
and hiding,
and tucking,
and redefining,
you have life experience
in fighting an enemy closer than skin.

Maybe you finally proclaimed your own victory
and won those battles
and fighting for something
became your mission,
became your calling,
    but don’t call here,
        no, not this country,
            not this broken america,
they do not want you anymore, soldier,
for you are not welcome here.

The motto for the U.S. Army Special Forces is
    De Oppresso Liber - Liberate the oppressed… except you, transgender solider.

The motto for the U.S. Marine Corps is
    Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful… except to you, transgender soldier.

What good are words if 140 characters become constitution?

Please be advised…

Put down your guns,
strip down
your fatigues,
reattach your blown off         limbs,
pour the foreign sand
out of your active combat boots,
unpin your purple (broken) heart
there on your chest,
rise up out of your flag-wrapped coffin
where you died fighting
    in a military,
    in a country
    that says you are not welcome here.
 

 



 

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