Lady Gaga Responds To Donald Trump's Ban Of Transgender People In The Military In The Best Way — With Facts

“Within the Trans Community are many also who are strong & brave."

While much of the country is divided these days, one development yesterday brought folks together in a big way: President Donald Trump's military ban against transgender people. We saw high-profile transgender persons speak out against it — such as Chelsea Manning, the most high-profile transgender veteran in the U.S. today, and Shane Ortega, the first openly transgender person to serve in the U.S. military — and Twitter users got to work figuring out how to respond to the policy announcement that seemed to take everyone by surprise.


One person to throw their two cents into the debate was Lady Gaga, who has been an ally to the LGBTQ community throughout her entire career. She decided to respond to the news not with attacks against POTUS but with statistics, data, and research to prove why this ban is a step backward, and can have a negative effect on all transgender people.

"The message you have just sent has endangered the lives of people all over the United States and overseas bravely serving our nation @POTUS," the 31-year-old singer began.

Lady Gaga's first educational moment came when she dropped the stat that "at least 1/2 of High School, University Students, & Employed Young People rarely/never discuss mental issues w/ anyone."

This reflects the fresh results of a study conducted by her Born This Way Foundation in collaboration with Benenson Strategy Group titled "Kind Communities — A Bridge To Youth Mental Wellness" from July 2017. This study's findings from 4,019 online interviews (3,015 with young people ages 15-24 and 1,004 with parents of young people ages 15-24) showed that, when it comes to the frequency of discussing mental health with anyone, 62 percent of high school students, 47 percent of university students, and 49 percent of employed young people responded that they rarely or never do so.

"Many of these young people are transgender & suffer daily from the exact types of social isolation & targeting ur message encourages @POTUS," the "Cure" singer continued. "Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them ages (18 to 24) have attempted suicide already?"

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