MTV’s Video Music Awards has taken a stand for transgender rights.
The network confirmed that it had invited transgender service members and veterans to walk the red carpet and attend its star-studded awards show.
Trans service members Logan Ireland, Jennifer Peace, Sterling James Crutcher, and Akira Wyatt, as well as veterans Laila Ireland and Brynn Tannehill, will accompany representatives of GLAAD, including CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, and the LGBT military group SPARTA to The Forum arena Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
“Any patriot who is putting their own life at risk to fight for our freedom and stands for equality is a hero at MTV, and to young people everywhere,” Chris McCarthy, the president of MTV.
The invitation follows President Donald Trump’s Friday approval of a memo implementing a military ban of transgender service members. Specifically, the memo directs the Department of Defense not to bring new transgender recruits into the military and bans transition-related health care for trans people currently serving, while possibly allowing some of the latter to remain in the armed forces.