Kirsters’ Opinion| In a shockingly disrespectful act, numerous Democratic lawmakers took down POW/MIA flags hanging outside their offices on Capitol Hill.
Members were replacing them with Transgender Equality flags in order to mark “Trans Visibility Week.”
Fox News reports:
The move reportedly came at the behest of the “National Center for Transgender Equality.” The group tweeted Tuesday that it had delivered the flags to every member of Congress – even Republicans – with the request that they be flown outside their offices.
— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) March 26, 2019
Independent Senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders, sent out a photo of a transgender flag hanging outside his office with the caption, “Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our community.”
Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our communities. pic.twitter.com/W6Esa16vzP
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 26, 2019
Washington Democratic Representative Kim Schrier, among other Democratic lawmakers who posted photos, showed off her flag.
As a proud member of the @LGBTEqCaucus, I will do everything I can to make sure transgender people #WontBeErased by violence, fear or prejudice. I am committed to safety and equality for all. #TransVisibilityWeek pic.twitter.com/eB9nihPsaI
— Rep. Kim Schrier (@RepKimSchrier) March 27, 2019
“As a proud member of the @LGBTEqCaucus,” Schrier wrote in a tweet late on Wednesday morning, “I will do everything I can to make sure transgender people #WontBeErased by violence, fear or prejudice. I am committed to safety and equality for all. #TransVisibilityWeek”
The Washington Free Beacon released a report that contained a photo taken outside Schrier’s office in January, showing the POW/MIA flag. Her office has told the Free Beacon that the switch is not permanent.
“Some Democrats, like Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., displayed the transgender pride flag alongside the POW/MIA flag,” reports Fox.
During #TransVisibilityWeek I join in solidarity with transgender constituents in WA09 and transgender people across the country. In the halls of Congress, we should always remember our commitment to safety and equality for everyone. My office is welcome and open to all. pic.twitter.com/6jUMWc64qz
— Rep. Adam Smith (@RepAdamSmith) March 26, 2019
The displays coincide with the House’s rebuke on Thursday to President Trump’s move to ban transgender people from serving in the military. A non-binding resolution opposing the ban passed 238-185, nearly along party lines. Only five Republicans sided with the Democrats to vote in the ban’s favor.
Democratic Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy stated that the policy is the same as “targeted discrimination.” Armed Services Chair, Democratic Washington Representative Adam Smith, said that Trump’s policy is “primarily based on ignorance and bias against the transgender community.”
“Speaking from the floor in support of the resolution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had also placed a transgender pride flag outside her office, said: ‘There is no moral justification for this ban which violates every value of our American democracy,’” Fox reports.