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Trans flag will fly in Hillcrest today in support of servicemembers

Trans flag will fly in Hillcrest to honor veterans and active duty service members.
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Pride Flag

In recognition and support of transgender active servicemembers and veterans, the Transgender flag will fly in Hillcrest today.

Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association, Benjamin Nicholls confirmed with us that the flag will be raised on the Pride staff by this evening.

The HBA is in charge of the flag pole on University and was asked by the Hillcrest Town Council to fly it. 

Raising the Transgender flag is in honor of its creator Monica Helms who served in the Navy between 1970 and 1978 as a submariner

This is in response to a series of Tweets on Wednesday in which President Trump announced a ban on all transgender military personnel. The statement sent shockwaves throughout the community nationwide.

General Joseph Dunsford told Reuters on Thursday that there will be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

But many in the LGBT community and their allies are standing together to denounce the president’s proclamation including San Diego’s mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“Any American who wants to serve and meets readiness standards should be able to, regardless of gender identity,” Faulconer said yesterday.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center also released a statement which says in part: 

"Transgender military personnel deserve the same respect, dignity and fair treatment as all other military personnel. Instead, they are now being threatened on the basis of something that has absolutely no bearing on their fitness to serve. 

We stand with our transgender community members, and with all those who reject this type of discrimination."

The Pride flag is located at University Ave and Normal Street in Hillcrest.