This Nonbinary NASA Intern Is Speaking Out Against The Trans Military Ban

"It has nothing to do with our gender or identity — we are the best for the job."

Meet V Wegman. The 21-year-old, who identifies as nonbinary, recently completed an internship at NASA's Langley Research Center.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's ban on most transgender people serving in the military could take effect as three cases proceed in lower courts. (Another case was left in limbo.) Wegman took to their personal Twitter to speak out against the decision.

The tweet quickly blew up, gathering up over 600 retweets and 26,000 likes.

"I felt I could shine a light on myself and others who are already in the federal government," said Wegman. "Because we build visibility by just being there. It has nothing to do with our gender or identity — we are the best for the job."

A lot of people were inspired by Wegman's message and for the courage in putting themselves out there in response to the trans military ban.

Wegman's fellow government employees also had their back:

The huge response online has been tough on the former NASA intern's mental health, but, they say the positive feedback has been for the most part very uplifting.

The anxiety can not handle this level of attention but the depression craves positive feedback so the migraine sets in

"I'm learning a lot about myself in a short amount of time," said Wegman. Any criticism they've received has mostly been from individuals saying they're looking for pity or is out of place speaking about the military as a non-military person.

I'm definitely not looking for pity and I never wanted to insinuate that I was military — I am not," they said. "But, to say that trans people don't have a place in the military is demeaning and false."

"I felt that I needed to say something, not because I thought I would get a platform — I did not expect this response."

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