President Biden gave hope to transgender people when he signed an executive order repealing the ban on them serving in the military, a ban that former President Donald Trump had put into effect.
Meet Isayah Guillaume. Isayah was born in Connecticut as Rozagnes Carmikel Guillaume, also Spectrum Bay News 9’s Katya Guillaume’s youngest sister.
“When did you know that transition was what you needed to do to save your life?" she asked.
Isayah responded, “I stopped being able to look at myself in the mirror and I didn’t like my body. The body I had, I felt like I hated it and I hated it so much that it went far to a certain point and I’m not proud of it.”
The one thing that he said was always his safety net was suiting up for the Canadian Cadets.
“All you’ve ever said, for as long as I can remember,” Katya said, “Is that you wanted to be in the American military, why?
“I just fell in love with it. I fell in love with the military life. As the years past, I just grew into it.”
That dream was once shattered when President Trump banned transgender people to serve.
“President Trump, what he did was literally put an obstacle in my way,” Isayah mentioned.
White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki said in a press conference, “President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service,” and with that belief, President Biden brought hope to so many like my brother who’ve hoped to one day serve and protect their country.
“You know it’s like black veil coming off, you know I actually have the option to do it,” Isayah said.