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Transgender serviceman blasts Trump administration for anti-transgender military strategy

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Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland railed against President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces in a Wednesday interview with Air Force Times.

"I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military," Ireland told the magazine. "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."

He added, "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."

"I would personally love for my president to meet me so I can tell him about myself," Ireland continued, "and the 15,500 honorably serving transgender military members that are fighting right now for their liberties and their country."

Ireland, a security forces airman who served a tour in Afghanistan, and rose to political fame in 2015 after he was featured in a New York Times documentary titled, "Transgender, at War and in Love."

Ireland's story was told in the documentary — a story of falling in love with his transgender spouse, Army Cpl. Laila Villanueva — and since then, Ireland has been a public advocate for being transgender and proudly serving his country.

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity."

He wrote:

"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. Thank you."

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