The Washington Blade reports:
Two members of Congress have invited a pair of transgender troops to attend the State of the Union address Tuesday in the aftermath of President Trump’s attempt to ban them from the U.S. military.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), chair of the Congressional Transgender Task Force, has invited Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King as his guest to sit in the House gallery as Trump delivers his speech before a joint session of Congress.
Kennedy, a rising star in the Democratic Party, is also slated to deliver the Democratic response in the aftermath of Trump’s address. Kennedy won’t be in attendance in the House gallery for the actual speech as a result of this commitment, according to his office.
The other transgender guest — Marine Corps veteran Lynda Bengtsson-Davis — will attend as a result of an invite from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.). According to Huffman’s office, Bengtsson-Davis served more than a decade in the Marine Corps and now seeks to enlist in the Air Force Reserve.
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