This was Christy Bartos’ initial reaction to President Donald Trump‘s tweeted ban against transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military. In a shocking policy reversal Wednesday, our president said transgender people will be prohibited from serving “in any capacity” in the armed forces.

Trump’s threat could mean a historic about-face in the Pentagon’s pattern of lowering such obstacles to serve our country that could impact possibly thousands of transgender service personnel. This group includes Bartos, who was assigned male at birth and named Caleb Bartos.

The 21-year-old Army National Guard member from Hobart began her transgender journey less than a year ago after a lifetime of knowing she identified as a woman, not a man.




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