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WeHoTV NewsByte: Interview with Lt. Taylor Miller

WeHoTV NewsByte: Interview with Lt. Taylor Miller


The City of West Hollywood proudly values
the courage of its community. Whether it’s a transgender person bravely
transitioning, or a member of the military staunchly risking his or her life defending
our country. Unfortunately, this level of respect isn’t
shared by the man who currently sits in the Oval Office. This Wednesday, the President announced via
Twitter that after consulting with Generals and military experts, the United States Government
will no longer accepting or allowing transgender individuals to serve an any capacity in the
US Military. In order to better understand the ramifications
of Trump’s tweet storm we met with Lt. Taylor Miller the first openly transitioning member
of the United States Coast Guard. When I got to the Coast Guard Academy right
out of high school i was actually surrounded by people who’ve been exposed to things and
who are open to all sorts of stuff and it’s crazy. You go to a military school and that’s where
you have the most openess and inclusive environment? So I actually kinda figured out i was trans
at the Academy which is just mind blowing to me. One of Trump’s criticisms of trans military
members is the alleged tremendous medical costs. But according to financial media outlet Bloomberg
care for transgender people in the military would add $8.4 million to the total medical
costs of all active duty service members. Amounting to about .0014% of Trump’s total
military budget proposal. Before I started my transition everything
was out of pocket for about 18 months before the policy finally changed in June of 2016. Before that I had to pay for Dr.’s visits,
blood work, all of which without insurance is like crazy expensive. If Donald Trump were here right now what would
you like to say to him? I would like to just stand up and invite him
on a day in my life; invite him to an oil tanker and have him tell me after that inspection
that I’m not good enough and I’m not worthy to serve. I’d like him to actually see what I do and
see how good I am at my job and then judge me on my ability to serve, not just from not
knowing anything about me and seeing me as a number on a piece of paper.


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