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Transgender soldier invited by Joe Kennedy to Trump’s State of the Union
Following Trump’s address, Kennedy will deliver the Democratic Party’s rebuttal speech from Massachusetts. King, meanwhile, will be in the House Chamber facing the president whose policies have tried to block her from serving in the military.
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Kennedy, who is chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, said in a statement that King represents “the best and bravest our nation has to offer.”
“For nearly two decades, she has valiantly served our country and defended not only our safety, but our values at home and abroad,” he said. “Although I won’t be able to join her Tuesday night, I know that she will make our Commonwealth and our country proud at the State of the Union.”
In August, Trump issued a memo to the Pentagon detailing a ban on transgender people serving in the military. However, the ban was blocked by federal judges, and since Jan. 1, transgender soldiers have been able to enlist. Existing transgender members—like King—have been protected from being discharged, NBC News reported.
“I want them to see that in spite of everything they may be going through, we are still here and moving forward,” King said of her attendance at the State of the Union. “Equality is something we should never give up on.”
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, she thanked Kennedy for “this amazing experience.”
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.