I am so disheartened by the President's announcement today, that he will not accept or allow transgender citizens to serve in the military. Such backwards thinking - whether it be regarding the LQBTQ community, minorities, the disabled, or ANY group disadvantaged in our country - is hurtful not only to the individual being discriminated against, but indeed to the continued progress and safety of our entire nation. I never understood the wisdom of preventing people from helping their community - as soldiers in our military, volunteers for good causes, or however one chooses to contribute. It is ignorant, counterproductive, and just plain wrong. I will continue to stand on the side of equality for all, in all its forms.