Friday, September 30

Ignite Action: Nominate a Trans Ohioan (Including Yourself!) for a COVID-19 Service Award Sponsored by…the U.S. Army

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Here at The Buckeye Flame, we strive to end each piece with ideas for readers to “Ignite Action,” prompts to take the words on the screen and move them towards the “community and civic empowerment” embedded right in our mission statement.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail with the header, “The U.S Army asks the Cleveland community to ‘Answer the Call'”:

Nominate someone who “Answers the Call” in your community for the opportunity to earn a  $500 contribution to their efforts!

The United States Army is sponsoring the “Answer the Call” campaign to recognize individuals who have showcased extraordinary action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are encouraged to nominate those who rise up to “Answer the Call”. The community then votes on those nominated with the top choice provided a donation for the continuation of their efforts.

My immediate reaction was, “Um…no.”

On April 12, 2019, the United States military began instituting a complete ban on transgender military service following tweets from President Trump.  Why would we then participate in their service award?

The answer: Because any opportunity to amplify the great work of our trans siblings is a good thing. And even better if we do so in the face of an institution that currently does not recognize the heroism of transgender Americans.

So IGNITE ACTION: Nominate a trans Ohioan–including yourself–who is working hard to lift up their community during COVID-19. Nominations can be submitted at Online voting will then take place to select the Army’s “Answer the Call” honor recipient.  You can follow the campaign on Facebook (@answerthecall_community), Instagram (@answerthecall_community), and Twitter(@americanrivalry) to nominate and vote for your “Answer the Call” candidate.

About Author

Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He received the 2021 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. He is the author of "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" (2017), "LGBTQ Cleveland" (2018), "LGBTQ Columbus" (2019), and "LGBTQ Cincinnati" (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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