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Another Voice: Ban on transgender military is disrespectful

31 Juillet 2017

Transgender people, veterans, religious leaders all turned out to protest President Trump's new policy on military service.

Meanwhile, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin sent a letter dated Thursday asking the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to reaffirm in legislation that transgender people may not be banned from serving in the military. Locally, OutCenter executive director Mary Jo Schnell tells WSJM News this sort of rhetoric from the White House is risky because transgender people are "supremely at risk" when this stuff happens. It's all hypocrisy and they are not for tolerance anymore, they are against free speech, ' she said. "Kids. For crying out loud, let's if nothing else think about the kids".

Sources close to the Defense secretary told the Times that Mattis was infuriated by the tweets, and saw them as an insult to transgender Americans now serving in the military.

Sanders said the "president's national security team was part of this consultation" and that Trump "informed" Mattis of his decision immediately after he made it on Tuesday. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) composed a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, urging him not to impose the unconstitutional ban on transgender troops in the military. Forcing out trained troops who are already serving honorably and who have done nothing but be who they are would be a bad waste of talent, she said.

She said: 'This is Trump showing he is a president for equality, because this isn't about transgender people, this is about transgender treatment'.

Key concerns include whether now enlisted troops have had medical or other issues that cause delays or problems with their ability to deploy or meet physical or other standards for their jobs.

She referred to a 2016 Rand Corp. study, commissioned by the Defense Department, that concluded letting transgender people serve openly in the military would cost between $2.4 and $8.4 million a year, which would be an "exceedingly small proportion" of health care expenditures.

"We have been openly serving for the past year".

Trump's decision would revoke a policy approved by the U.S. Department of Defense under President Obama, which allowed transgender individuals to serve in the military. As many have pointed out, this isn't an adequate, or even accurate, excuse.

Good for McCain. And it turns that North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows played a significant role in Trump's decision to discriminate against transgender men and women. Trans people in America have an unemployment rate of 15 percent, three times higher than the general population. That is the prism through which Mattis has viewed most, if not all, personnel issues.

My question for Trump: Why does that same principle not apply to transgender Americans who want to serve their country? Sometimes it's because they need a job.

When I was in the Marine Corps (1958-1962) one of my buddies was serving a 6 month extension of his enlistment because Navy doctors' determined he had contracted pneumonia due to negligence. Trump failed to explain what would happen to the transgender people already in the service.

More than half of that groups said the policy change had a very negative effect on military morale.

Kildee said, "Anyone who is willing to put on the uniform of the United States and risk their life in service to our country should be celebrated as patriots, regardless of their gender identity".

Another Voice: Ban on transgender military is disrespectful