MTV has invited active-duty transgender military troops to attend its 2017 Video Music Awards show in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday as a show of support after President Trump called for the group to be banned from the military.
“MTV has invited transgender members of the U.S. armed forces to the 2017 Video Music Awards and we would be honored if they could attend,” MTV president Christopher McCarthy said in a statement. “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.”
“At this time the Department of Defense is reviewing the parameters of the request,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick told CNN. Active-duty military members are under certain restrictions when it comes to participating in national public events.
Over the past year, MTV has replaced gender-specific categories with Artist of the Year awards.
In July, Trump announced on Twitter that the Defense Department should no longer accept transgender people.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump said in a statement. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
After Trump’s announcement, Pentagon officials said they would wait for further guidance from the White House before introducing any changes. A report Wednesday said the Pentagon will soon receive that guidance from the White House.
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