ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Transgender airman to attend State of the Union as Trump pursues ban.

02/01/2019 | Washington Blade

Transgender service member Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland is set to attend President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). Speier, a champion of transgender military service and now chair of the House Armed Services personnel subcommittee, announced Friday on Twitter she had invited Ireland to attend the State of the Union as a guest in the House chamber. Ireland, a security forces airman who served in Afghanistan, has been public about being transgender in the military. When the Defence Department sought to implement openly transgender service during the Obama administration, the Air Force consulted Ireland for guidance.

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