Wednesday morning’s outrageous announcement that President Donald Trump intends to close the doors of the military to transgender individuals shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

 This week’s PGN carries a story about a lesbian couple who was refused service at a bridal-dress shop in Pennsylvania.


July 1, 2017, could have been a historic day for transgender rights. The military was set to finalize its implementation of a rule allowing transgender members to enlist and serve openly. It was a day that was long overdue, and would have been the result of years of lobbying by community members, lawmakers and military officials.

For the first time in many years, Pride Month passed without a mention by the president of the United States.

As Pride Month comes to a close and Independence Day approaches, freedom has been a hot topic. While the word itself often signifies a fundamental, innate tenet upon which this nation was born, recent times have shown just how fluid of a concept freedom is.

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