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Twitter users change profile pictures to support trans people ahead of military ban

Tijen Butler April 10, 2019
GLAAD share & sign with trans colours on Twitter to support trans military ahead of Trump ban

People are changing their profile pictures to this to show support for trans people as Donald Trump's military trans ban comes into effect. (Twitter/GLAAD)

You may be wondering why Twitter users have been changing their profile pictures to the ‘&’ sign in the colours of the transgender flag.

This trend was started by GLAAD on Monday (April 8).  They tweeted: “Trump’s ban on transgender service members will go into effect on April 12, 2019. Trump has been targeting trans people from the moment he took office.

“We’re changing our profile picture to show support for trans people everywhere, and we encourage you to do the same.”

Since the LGBT+ organisation shared the message, Twitter users from all around the world have changed their profile pictures to support trans people ahead of April 12, when the ban will be implemented.

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis‏ further urged people to change their profile picture in a post. It read: “Trump’s ban on transgender service members will go into effect this Friday. The ampersand represents the power of our voices together.

“I’m changing my profile picture to stand with all of the trans people who have been targeted by this Administration’s actions. Please join me.”

Make your stand and save the image below to make it your profile picture:

Twitter profile picture to support transgender people. An & sign in the colours of the trans flag
People are changing their profile pictures to this to show support for trans people as Donald Trump’s military trans ban comes into effect. (Twitter/GLAAD)

Who has changed their Twitter profile pictures to the ‘&’ trans support sign?

Comedy actor Ben Stiller is among those who have changed their profile pictures.

The star retweeted a post by Kelly Bush Novak, CEO of TEAMID, who also changed their profile picture, adding: “With the trans community.”

Another online supporter wrote: “#TransAlly It takes courage to be who your authentic self. Thank you to all of our transgender troops and veterans for your service and bravery. All Americans owe you a debt of gratitude.”

More: GLAAD, Transgender, Twitter, US

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