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The Canadian Forces Just Shaded The Hell Out Of Trump And His Transgender Soldier Ban

Shade alert.

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that transgender people cannot service in the US military "in any capacity."

The policy angered many people, especially transgender people who have served in the military.
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The policy angered many people, especially transgender people who have served in the military.

And from Canada came a most excellent subtweet from the Canadian Forces, reminding us that "all sexual orientations and gender identities" are welcome to join.

@CanadianForces Oh the Shade #resist

People were very into it.

@CanadianForces @arnettwill WAY TO RUB IT IN, CANADA.

The Canadian Forces have allowed LGBT-identified people to serve openly since 1992.

The current policy for transgender service members has been in effect since 2012. The passage this year of bill C-16, which extends human rights protections on the grounds of gender expression and identity, has prompted the Forces to review that policy again.But that's not to say discrimination and other issues don't exist, according to the Toronto Star. While transgender service members are able to wear the uniform of their choice, for example, it's still difficult to change names on medals. The Forces are also facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect members from sexual assault and gender-based harassment.
Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The current policy for transgender service members has been in effect since 2012. The passage this year of bill C-16, which extends human rights protections on the grounds of gender expression and identity, has prompted the Forces to review that policy again.

But that's not to say discrimination and other issues don't exist, according to the Toronto Star. While transgender service members are able to wear the uniform of their choice, for example, it's still difficult to change names on medals. The Forces are also facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect members from sexual assault and gender-based harassment.

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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