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Trans vet from Maine on reversal of service ban: “Not elated, I’m exhausted”

Twomey says she was as a sergeant working for NORAD as a weapons controller-tech doing air...
Twomey says she was as a sergeant working for NORAD as a weapons controller-tech doing air traffic control, first in Duluth, Minnesota, and eventually near the Arctic Circle.(Gray tv)
Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 6:15 AM EST
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CUMBERLAND, Maine (WMTW) - Members of Maine’s transgender community are celebrating President Biden’s executive order Monday reversing President Trump’s ban on most transgender people from serving in the military.

Danni Twomey, an Air Force veteran from Cumberland, described a mix of emotions.

“I am exhausted after four years of the transgender community being the point of assault for the Trump administration pandering to the religious right. It was immoral and vindictive,” Twomey said.

Advocacy groups such as Maine Transgender Network organized protests and lobbied Maine’s congressional delegation to oppose Trump’s order to ban transgender people from military service when he made the announcement in a 2017 tweet.

Twomey served from 1975 to 1980.

Twomey says she was as a sergeant working for NORAD as a weapons controller-tech doing air traffic control, first in Duluth, Minnesota, and eventually near the Arctic Circle.

“I still consider my military service as one of the most important experiences of my life,” Twomey said.

“It makes me want to share with people. I want them to know all the veterans and all the military people I know that are trans and what they give and what they bring to the table,” Twomey added.

“Military service is something that should be honored and this is a chance that everyone in this country who is able to serve should be able to do,” said Quinn Gormley of the Maine Transgender Network.

Gormley also described President Biden’s announcement as a symbolic win because one of the nation’s largest employers, the military, welcoming transgender people.

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