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If You're Curious What Neil deGrasse Tyson Would Be Like As Your Dad, Watch His Graduation Speech

Everyone's favorite astrophysicist gets animated during his commencement speech at Rice University. At 5:44, he explains the only things that push a nation to do something big and describes the overwhelmingly positive repercussions at 11:06. At 17:22, he lowers the boom about how wayward America has gotten. Don't miss the end for an uplifting call to action.

If You're Curious What Neil deGrasse Tyson Would Be Like As Your Dad, Watch His Graduation Speech
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Joe Biden reversed Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military earlier this year, allowing the entire LGBTQ community to serve for the first time.

Anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. military goes as far back as 1778 when Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin was convicted at court-martial on charges of sodomy and perjury. The military would go on to make sodomy a crime in 1920 and worthy of dishonorable discharge.

In 1949 the Department of Defense standardized its anti-LGBT regulations across the military, declaring: "Homosexual personnel, irrespective of sex, should not be permitted to serve in any branch of the Armed Forces in any capacity, and prompt separation of known homosexuals from the Armed Forces is mandatory."

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