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St. Louis transgender community gathers at rally in response to military ban

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The transgender community in St. Louis attended a rally on Sunday in response to President Donald Trump's ban of transgender people in the military.

One of attendees spoke with News 4 about why he came out to the event. 

"We just want to show solidarity to everyone who is suffering as a result of this discrimination and people's civil rights being taken away," said Syd Hajiecek.

He feels President Donald Trump's ban, keeping the transgender community out of the military, is disrespectful to those willing to give their lives for their country. 

Cathy Serino served in the Army National Guard. 

"It was like spitting in my face. You know, my 12 years of honorable service didn't mean anything and I should have never been in there," said Serino. 

She wants the president to know she reached the rank of sergeant and got an honorable discharge.

"I did my job well. Being transgender never affected my ability to fire a weapon or drive a truck," added Serino. 

Michelle Daytona proudly waved American and Army flags in Iraq until hurting her knee and spine in 2005.

She now has a reason to also carry a transgender flag. 

"Pride. The tell me who I am. They represent who I am," added Daytona. 

Alex Carlson is not a veteran. He's also straight. So, News 4 asked why he was at the rally. 

"That's a hard question. But, really, just in support of my fellow humans. These are people who live in our community. Why wouldn't I support equal rights for people," said Carlson. 

The president's ban of transgenders serving in the military is a hot-button issue. It's worth mentioning-- not everyone is against it.

While several people walking and driving past the rally on Vandeventer Avenue gave a thumbs up or honked horns showing support, a few drivers slowed down, shook their heads and kept going. 

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