STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON TRANSGENDER AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY

From John McCain:  https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=press-releases&id=80124D36-EF8B-4CBD-A75A-9C6C697CA235

Senator John McCain
July 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender Americans in the military:

“The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter.

“The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so—and should be treated as the patriots they are.

“The Department of Defense is currently conducting a study on the medical obligations it would incur, the impact on military readiness, and related questions associated with the accession of transgender individuals who are not currently serving in uniform and wish to join the military. I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress.

“The Senate Armed Services Committee will continue to follow closely and conduct oversight on the issue of transgender individuals serving in the military.”

 

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To our transgender brothers and sisters

From Medium:  https://medium.com/@SenGillibrand/to-our-transgender-brothers-and-sisters-6fc332d52bbc

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
July 27, 2017

he contrast is jarring.

On Wednesday, transgender service members everywhere from training posts to forward operating bases in some of the world’s most dangerous regions woke up to do what they do every day: They put on their uniforms and went about their duties on behalf of the United States of America.

And that same morning, their commander in chief went on Twitter and wrote that he’ll no longer allow them to serve.

This is reckless, harmful and misguided, even by the low standards of our current president. No good comes from telling thousands of service members we don’t value their willingness to put their lives on the line to defend our country.

The president can’t do this to them, impulsively changing policy during his daily Twitter rant — and without consulting the Pentagon. It’s not at all clear this is even legal.

An administration official admitted this wasn’t even about military preparedness or keeping us safe — and of course it isn’t. The official said this was about forcing “Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to take complete ownership of this issue. How will the blue collar voters in these states respond when senators up for re-election in 2018 … are forced to make their opposition to this a key plank of their campaigns?”

That’s a despicable reason to deny brave Americans, willing to risk everything to keep us safe, the ability to serve. There should simply be no place for discrimination within our military. The president is undermining our military and our safety by discriminating against transgender men and women for political gain.

I’m heartened that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs has pledged no immediate changes to the military’s transgender policy in the wake of President Trump’s tweets, but make no mistake: The president’s attacks are a dark moment in our history, and I’ll do everything in my power to fight them. All patriotic Americans must stand with our service members.

I hope you’ll join me. Let’s tell our transgender brothers and sisters we are standing with them and are grateful for their service. I’ll introduce legislation to override this. You can tell your members of Congress you want them to stand up to President Trump and stand alongside trans men and women who make unimaginable sacrifices.

Whether by phone, in person or on social media — wherever feels right to you — please, please, speak out. We need your voice. Transgender service members need to know their fight is our fight. We owe them that.

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Sessions’ DOJ argues gay people aren’t protected from discrimination under Title VII

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/sessions-doj-argues-gay-people-arent-protected-from-discrimination-under-title-vii/


26 Jul 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday argued that Title VII of the CivilRights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination,

The Justice Department, which is not named as a party in the case, filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals to argue Title VII “does not” ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination. It does not, as has been settled for decades,” the Justice Department’s brief says.

“Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts,” the brief—filed under Attorney General Jeff Sessions—reads.

The brief was submitted in the case Zarda v. Altitude Express, filed in 2010 by skydiving instructor Donald Zarda (since deceased) who alleged his employer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission supported Zarda last month, but the DOJ argued the federal agency “is not speaking for the United States.”

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Transgender retired Navy SEAL Kristen Beck on military ban

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Trump Cites ‘Tremendous Costs’ for Transgender Service members, When Military Spends Five Times More on Erectile Dysfunction Pills

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/lgbtq/military-spending-erectile-dysfunction-five-times-more-estimated-treatment-transgender-members

Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military Wednesday morning.

By Celisa Calacal
July 26, 2017

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender people would be banned from serving in the U.S. military, claiming that their service in the armed forces incurs “tremendous medical costs.”

Despite Trump’s claim, presented without any evidence, analysis from the Washington Post shows that the military actually spends more money on erectile dysfunction medicine. In addition, a 2016 study commissioned by the Department of Defense paints a different picture of how much it would cost for the military to serve the medical needs of transgender people.

Conducted by the Rand Corporation, the study estimated that costs for gender transition-related medical treatment and hormone treatments would cost roughly between $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year. The study concluded that allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military would “would have a minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.”

In contrast, according to analysis by the Military Times, the military spends a total of $84 million annually on these types of medicines—roughly 10 times more than what the Rand study estimated. The analysis found that the military spends $41.6 million per year just on Viagra, which is five times more than transition-related medical care for transgender military members.

The upper estimates of the Rand study would barely make a dent in the Defense Department’s already inflated and ever-increasing budget. In May, the Pentagon received an additional $15 billion in funding through a spending bill. Trump, an ardent supporter of the military who has lobbied for increased funding to the armed forces, then proposed a budget request of $639.1 billion for the Department of Defense.

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Liberal Redneck – Transgender Patriots and the GOP

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Trump’s transgender tweet wasn’t just the usual morning rant; it’s dangerously bad policy

From The Los Angeles Times:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-tweet-transgender-20170726-story.html

The Times Editorial Board
July 26, 2017

In the pantheon of Donald Trump tweets, his three-part missive Wednesday morning declaring that transgender people would not be allowed in the military was not his most rude, mindless or irrational. But it is deeply troubling nevertheless. He essentially called for a step backward in time that goes counter to all the slow but necessary progress the United States has made in recent years in its treatment of transgender people.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

Policy statements made on Twitter don’t generally include much thoughtful argument. But in this case, Trump offers two separate justifications that just don’t stand up. The “tremendous medical costs” for gender-transition-related healthcare are, in fact, negligibly small — an increase of between $2.4 million and $8.4 million. The military spends some $50 billion each year on healthcare, according to a Rand Corp. study.

(By way of comparison, the newspaper Military Times reported in 2015 that the Department of Defense spent $41.6 million on Viagra.)

And Trump’s assertion that transgender troops “disrupt” the military is equally specious, reminiscent of fallacious arguments made in earlier years about women, gays and lesbians. There are already 18 allied militaries around the world that allow transgender individuals to serve openly; of the four studied closely by Rand, none reported a negative impact on the operational readiness, operational effectiveness or force cohesion.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-tweet-transgender-20170726-story.html

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Why so many transgender Americans find refuge in military service

From The Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/27/i-am-a-transgender-veteran-the-military-gave-me-refuge-after-i-fled-my-conservative-hometown/

By Landon Marchant
July 27, 2017

Growing up, no one explicitly told me military service meant respect. They didn’t have to.

American flags flew in countless yards, including my own. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited each morning. Military recruiters knew my high school classmates by name and asked us about athletics and classes. Sporting events began with the national anthem. Military veterans had gainful employment. My evangelical upbringing stressed the importance of selfless service, of setting aside personal desires for the sake of a greater cause.

The only thing louder than the importance of service was the silence around LGBTQ identities. My public school teachers made herculean efforts to support their LGBTQ students, but for me — then, a teen girl struggling with gender identity and sexual orientation — there was no outweighing the influence of religion in my community. Deceived by Satan. Destined to have an unsuccessful life, unemployable, only lovable within certain parameters. There was no respect given, once I came out as queer — just the hollow repetition of “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

I needed to be straight and gender-conforming, in order to be accepted.

In hindsight, it is no surprise that I gravitated to the military. I wanted out of my home town in Greenleaf, Wis. I wanted to go to college. I wanted to learn a trade, because skilled labor inevitably finds employment. I wanted something that would force me to be straight and gender-conforming. In some idealistic way, I was searching for respect.

The Air Force and its core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do” promised me all of this and more.

I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I am transgender. My story is not unique.

The U.S. military employs as many as 15,500 active duty, National Guard and National Reserve transgender troops, according to a Williams Institute study, which could make it the largest employer of transgender Americans. The research institute also estimated there are 134,000 transgender veterans. Transgender people face higher rates of homelessness, unemployment and health-care discrimination than the average civilian population, and military service can offer economic stability and a sense of purpose. By the Williams Institute estimate, transgender people are twice as likely to serve in the military as their cisgender peers.

Continue reading at:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/27/i-am-a-transgender-veteran-the-military-gave-me-refuge-after-i-fled-my-conservative-hometown/

 

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Defense chiefs resist Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops

From The Guardian UK:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/27/donald-trump-transgender-ban-troops-pentagon-us-military

US military will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives Trump’s ‘direction’ to change policy

Associated Press
Thursday 27 July 2017

US defense chiefs have pushed back against Donald Trump’s attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military, saying the policy would not be overturned until they received formal direction to do so.

In a rebuke to Trump’s attempt to run the government and military via Twitter, Gen Joseph Dunford, America’s top military officer, said on Thursday that the armed forces would continue to permit transgender people to serve openly until the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, has received Trump’s “direction” to change the policy and figured out how to implement it.

In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said “there will be no modifications” to current policy for now, amid questions about Trump’s announcement on Twitter that the US government will not “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in any capacity in the military.

“I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement,” Dunford began, adding that nothing would change until the president’s direction has been received by Mattis and Mattis has issued “implementation guidance”.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” Dunford wrote. “As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”

The Dunford statement suggests that Mattis was given no presidential direction on changing the transgender policy. Mattis has been on vacation this week and has been publicly silent amid questions about Trump’s announced ban. His spokesmen declined to comment on Thursday. On Wednesday, they said the Pentagon would work with the White House and provide revised guidance to the military “in the near future”.

Continue reading at:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/27/donald-trump-transgender-ban-troops-pentagon-us-military

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I was a transgender UK military officer – and I know first hand Donald Trump is wrong

From iNews UKhttps://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/i-came-transgender-serving-raf-donald-trump-couldnt-wrong/

Ayla Holdom
Thursday July 27th 2017

I joined the military for the same reasons as many, not just for what the glossy brochure said. It was a deep sense of duty and the privilege to work alongside some of the finest people I’ve known; knowing that all the training, dangers and challenges we face together will make a difference in the world. To be part of something more important than myself.

When I came out as transgender in 2010, each of these things was foremost in my mind. I was an operational search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force at the time.

People’s lives depended on our ability to work as a team. We were often called upon in terrible weather, day or night. There was no room for error. Winching our paramedic to a stormy cliff face at night was not the time for awkwardness to get in the way of crew communication.

We were also on shift for 24 hours at a time, with just four of us on that day’s crew. In all senses, you just had to get on well. I wasn’t going to let something like my gender get in the way of my work and my colleagues absolutely deserved my professionalism.

In many ways, this clear focus on the task helped my colleagues and I overcome any potential eggshells. Doing the job mattered more than whether one of us was trans. Certainly, the people we rescued cared little if one of the crew was trans. Working with the men and women of the SAR community has been one of the greatest privileges of my life, and I will always be thankful that no one let fear of difference get in the way of that and all we achieved.

Being trans wasn’t something I could avoid, though I had tried almost to the point of breaking for 27 years. Eventually I had no alternative than to accept myself. Hiding myself from the world was costing too much.

The conundrum then was how to resolve my being trans without affecting my unit. My colleagues and my service rallied better than I could have ever hoped, in no small part thanks to the UK military’s experience of enabling open trans service since the turn of the century.

When I came out, my colleagues and I had serving role models like Flight Lieutenant Caz Paige to look to, to see that in the military you could be trans, respected and good at your job. The open conversation at work, pragmatic planning and a healthy dose of military banter ensured I was supported through the few procedures I needed to sort out. Military mates are more than colleagues, they’re family. That is something that transcends nationality, meaning those trans people serving in the militaries of other nations matter to me, a lot.

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APA Questions Announcement to Bar Transgender People From US Military

From The American Psychological Association:   http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/07/transgender-military.aspx

July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association questioned President Trump’s announced ban on transgender people serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, a reversal of the previous administration’s decision to allow transgender military personnel to serve openly.

“The American Psychological Association questions the reasoning behind President Trump’s call to bar transgender people from the military. We’ve seen no scientific evidence that allowing transgender people to serve in the armed forces has had an adverse impact on our military readiness or unit cohesion. Therefore, we ask that transgender individuals continue to be allowed to serve their country,” said APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD.

Trump’s concerns about the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail” echo arguments underlying the Defense Department’s previous “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, Puente said. He cited research by Aaron Belkin, PhD, a leading scholar and director of the Palm Center, which has found no overall negative impact on military readiness or its component dimensions, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment or morale. “Indeed, Dr. Belkin has found that the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell appears to have enhanced the military’s ability to pursue its mission,” Puente added.

A 2016 RAND report commissioned by DoD found that the health care costs of letting transgender people serve openly in the military would increase by no more than a mere 0.13 percent.

Research has shown that discrimination is a significant source of stress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and has substantial adverse effects on their health and well-being. For decades, APA has been engaged in applying psychological science to improve the health and well-being of LGBT people. APA has urged psychologists to take a leading role in ending discrimination based on gender identity and has called for more research into all aspects of gender identity and expression. APA’s governing Council of Representatives adopted a resolution in 2008 supporting full equality for transgender and gender-variant people and legal and social recognition of transgender individuals.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

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‘I Served. Trump Never Did’: Trans Veterans Respond to The President’s Ban

From Broadly @ Vice:  https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/43d989/i-served-trump-never-did-trans-veterans-respond-to-the-presidents-ban

“His decision hurts thousands of serving people—and their families. It’s based on ignorance and bigotry.”

By Diana Tourjee and Leila Ettachfini
Jul 26 2017

On Wednesday morning President Trump announced a major policy change in the US military, proclaiming on Twitter that transgender people will be banned from serving “in any capacity.” The shocking policy shift comes barely a year after the Obama administration instituted a landmark achievement for the rights of transgender military personnel by ending the ban on trans servicemen.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” the President stated early this morning. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

For transgender Americans who have served in the US military—and those who support trans rights anywhere—the decision is a disgrace. Brittyn Calyx is a trans woman and former Private First Class in the Army National Guard, who was discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “for three years during the height of the Iraq War.” The idea that transgender military personnel are “disruptive” to the primary mission of US military simply isn’t true, she told Broadly.

“Gender dysphoria affects different people differently, but it doesn’t really impact job performance as long as the employer creates an environment that is accepting and validating,” Calyx said. “That can be done in the military, and it should.”

“This does great harm to people who simply want to serve their country, and have been doing so with distinction and without disruption to our mission,” said Brynn Tannehll, a former Lt. Commander and trans woman who served in the US Navy for more than a decade.

Trump’s suggestion that transgender military personnel burden the military with undue financial strain is factually unfounded. Research by the Rand Corporation into this very subject has shown that the medical expenses associated with trans people in the military are negligible; medical care for trans military personnel is estimated to “have a marginal impact on health care costs and the readiness of the force.”

“We have been serving honorably for decades,” Tannehill affirmed. “The current policy has been going smoothly.” So what’s the problem? Though Trump cited how disruptive and expensive trans people would be to the military, others have suggested the decision is based on discrimination.

Continue reading at:  https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/43d989/i-served-trump-never-did-trans-veterans-respond-to-the-presidents-ban

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Transgender People Can Still Serve for Now, U.S. Military Says

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/us/politics/transgender-military-trump-ban.html

By
July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — Transgender people can continue to serve in the military for now, Pentagon leaders said on Thursday, scrambling to clarify the confusion surrounding President Trump’s abrupt announcement a day earlier that transgender people would no longer be accepted or allowed in uniform.

In a letter to the military service chiefs, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the policy on who is allowed to serve would not change until the White House sends the Defense Department new rules and the secretary of defense issues new guidelines.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” General Dunford said in the letter.

Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said the Defense Department would provide detailed guidance in the “near future” on how Mr. Trump’s tweets will be turned into policy.

The open-ended nature of their comments reflected the challenge facing the Pentagon: how to put in place a policy that was announced without a plan to do so.

In announcing a reversal of previous policy in three tweets, Mr. Trump upended years of debate at the Pentagon over how to treat men and women in the military who do not identify with the gender that they appeared at birth. Lawmakers and stakeholders in both parties said that making such a sudden announcement without a plan to carry it out demonstrated the folly of Mr. Trump’s attempt to govern by tweet.

“I respect the leadership at the Pentagon, and the deliberative way they have done this,” said Tyler Deaton, a senior adviser to American Unity Fund, a Republican advocacy group that supports rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “I think now the only person who disagrees with their approach in a formal way is the president. And the only indication we have is a tweet storm on a Wednesday morning in July.”

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AMA says ‘no medically valid reason’ for Trump’s ban on transgender people in military

From The Hill:  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343969-ama-says-no-logical-reason-for-trumps-ban-on-trangender-people-in

By Josh Delk
07/26/17

The country’s largest medical organization on Wednesday responded to President Trump’s decision to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the military by saying “there is no medically valid reason” for the ban.

“Transgender individuals are serving their country with honor, and they should be allowed to continue doing so,” the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a statement.

Trump announced the ban in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.

The AMA also took aim at the president’s tweets on the financial cost of allowing transgender people to serve. The statement cited a 2016 RAND study that found the financial burden of transgender individuals in the military is “a rounding error in the defense budget and should not be used as an excuse to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country.”

AMA policy “also supports public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender dysphoria as recommended by the patient’s physician,” according to the organization.

Complete article at:  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343969-ama-says-no-logical-reason-for-trumps-ban-on-trangender-people-in

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Why Trump Is So Afraid of Trans People

From Marie Claire:  http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a28427/trump-transgender-military-service/

Here’s the secret: He’s not, but he’s going to keep pretending he is.

By
Jul 26, 2017

Just when you think we’ve reached the limit on how shameful the president can be, he outdoes himself. This morning, in a series of tweets, Trump announced that the government will not “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” His reasoning, if you can call it that, is that the military cannot be “burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [sic] in the military would entail.”

This news comes a little more than a year after Trump tweeted to the LGBT community, “I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” Trump doesn’t really care about trans people’s rights one way or another—just how he can use them to his political advantage.

Thankfully, just because Trump tweets something doesn’t make it so; the president cannot simply declare, over Twitter no less, that trans people will not be allowed in the military. But this announcement is a reminder of Trump’s fundamental leadership strategy: Attack the most marginalized—especially when they’re down.

Trump’s agenda is failing in a monumental and public way, people are furious about healthcare, and the president’s approval ratings are historically low. Despite claiming that he’s signed more bills than any president ever (blatantly untrue), Trump has yet to pass one significant piece of legislation. But by making this morning’s declaration about trans service members, Trump can not only try to finally have a “win,” but also cultivate glowing support from evangelicals and conservatives.

Complete article at:  http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a28427/trump-transgender-military-service/

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News Brief Special – Transgender troop ban shaping up to be another monumental disaster for Trump

From Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters:  http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/2017/07/news-brief-special-transgender-troop.html#.WXp3YJqQyUm

Reposted with permission

Alvin McEwen
July 27, 2017

James Corden Rips Donald Trump’s Trans Military Ban In The Most Musical WaySee above

Joint Chiefs: No change in transgender policy until Trump sends Pentagon directionIn other words, no ban as of yet. Why? Because you DO NOT make Armed Force policy through a tweet!!!! Proving yet again, as Anderson Cooper did yesterday in a must see video, Trump lied about consulting with generals before making that awful policy.

OnPolitics Today: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers’ health careSpeaking of another distortion Trump made in his tweet regarding costs . . . 

  Watch a transgender former Navy SEAL explain the disruption Trump’s military ban on trans service members will have on the militaryDamn right. 

American Medical Association Says Military Trans Ban Isn’t ‘Medically Valid’ PREACH!!!!!!!

Transgender Airman Defies Trump: ‘Try To Kick Me Out Of My Military’Two snaps up! 

The Daily 202: Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculationYep! Even the GOP is pissed. 

Trump’s trans military ban eschews years of research in favor of junk science from a hate groupDear sadity, blase, snobby, cliquey Beltway media journalists, the Family Research Council is a hate group because of crap like this. So what if the group doesn’t outright call for the deaths of the LGBTQ community. Their lies and distortions undermine our lives and create chaos such as this.

Editor’s noteMy eyes and ears are open about other issues and problems, such as Trumpcare and the situation regarding the Texas legislature and its attack on the trans community. However, I feel that Trump’s attack on our trans men and women in the military is right now the singular shining example of all of the lies, distortions, and scurrilous behind-the-scenes maneuvering which got him elected and is now creating monsters we are having to fight. It is also a perfect example of the astounding incompetence of the fool who is now situated in the White House.

 Stay awake about EVERYTHING.

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A history lesson for Trump: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War

From The Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/27/donald-trump-transgender-military-history-civil-war/

By | The Washington Post
July 27, 2017

Albert Cashier served in the army as a man, lived his life as man and was buried at 71 with full military honors in 1915, as a man. But beneath the uniform in which he fought and was buried, he was biologically a woman, one of the many cross-dressers and gender defiers who have served in the U.S. military since the earliest days of its history, according to historians.

President Donald Trump’s proclamation by Tweet Wednesday that he was banning transgender people from serving in the military in “any capacity” is the latest twist in a thoroughly modern controversy. Trump’s declaration would overturn a policy only recently put in place by the Obama White House as the armed forces continue to grapple with modern issues of gender identity and sexuality. But behind the 21st century contretemps is a history that predates the musket.

“They wouldn’t know what in the world you meant by the world transgender, but there have been women serving in men’s dress in armies since the beginning of wars,” said Elizabeth Leonard, a professor of history at Colby College. “It’s a story that we keep losing sight of.”

Cross-dressing has roiled the ranks of armies at least as far back as Joan of Arc, the 15th century military genius who was burned at the stake for heresies that included wearing a man’s uniforms. Leonard’s own expertise is the Civil War, a time when the ranks were filled with hundreds of women who cut their hair, put on pants and took up arms on both sides of the War Between the States.

Researchers at the National Archives have found evidence that at least 250 women dressed as men to fight in the 1860s, some motivated by ideology, some by a taste for adventure and some by the need for a job. Most of those who survived presumably returned to their lives as women. But others continued to live as men after the war.

Albert Cashier was born Jennie Hodgers in Ireland, immigrated to the United States as a stowaway and, at 18, enlisted in the Illinois Infantry Regiment as a man. After the war, in which he fought in some 40 actions, Cashier continued to dress in trousers and, in the modern parlance, identify as a man. He worked as a farmer and handyman for decades and missed out an army pension after refusing to take a required physical exam, according to scholar Jason Cromwell, the author of “Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders and Sexualities.”

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Stop Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Service

From ACLU Action:  https://action.aclu.org/secure/trans-military-ban

In an early-morning tweetstorm, President Trump announced a shattering new plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. This is unacceptable – and illegal.

Trump has no basis for his assertion that the U.S. military is “burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” because transgender people serve in the military. The cost is almost zero. Disruption, non-existent. In fact, a 2014 report co-authored by a former U.S. Surgeon General concluded that the then-ban on transgender military service wasn’t based on sound medical reasoning.

But of course, we know this plan has nothing to do with facts. It’s about ignorance and prejudice and fear.

Anyone who wants to serve and protect our freedoms deserves the same rights as everyone. Period.

Trans people – particularly youth – are already subject to some of the highest rates of bullying, harassment, hate crimes, discrimination, and suicide. This decision will only further alienate the transgender community.

The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines deserve better than a commander-in-chief who rejects their basic humanity. Add your name to take action now.

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Anti-LGBT Groups Celebrate Trump’s Ban on Transgender Citizens Serving in the US Military

From The Southern Poverty Law Center:  https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/26/anti-lgbt-groups-celebrate-trumps-ban-transgender-citizens-serving-us-military

Hatewatch Staff
July 26, 2017

In a series of Tweets Wednesday morning from his personal Twitter account, President Trump stated that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Anti-LGBT groups including hate groups who’ve advocated for this policy celebrated the announcement.

The statement comes just days after the Republican-controlled House voted down an amendment to a defense spending bill that would have banned the military from funding any medical treatment related to gender transition. The amendment would have impacted currently active transgender personnel as well as transgender dependents of service members.

Though that amendment was not adopted, Defense Secretary James Mattis already had delayed an Obama-era policy that would have implemented a process for allowing transgender people to enlist. Slated to begin July 1, Mattis delayed the policy until January 1, 2018. The Trump announcement reverses another Obama-era policy in which transgender people were allowed to serve openly in the military.

Estimates vary on how many transgender people are currently serving in the armed forces. A 2016 RAND Corporation study puts the numbers at a low end of approximately 1,300 to 6,600 on active duty with an additional 1,500 in the Reserves, while a 2014 Williams Institute study estimates that number at 15,500 (combined active duty and Reserves). The RAND study determined that the cost of gender reassignment surgery for troops who wished to pursue it would be between $2.4 million and $8.4 million, an infinitesimal fraction of the Pentagon’s multi-billion dollar budget. A 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reached similar conclusions.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a Pentagon spokesman described Trump’s Twitter posts as “new guidance” rather than an order, and said the Pentagon would issue “revised guidance” to the military “in the near future.” The Times also reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis was out of Washington and on vacation this week and that the Pentagon appeared caught off guard by Trump’s Twitter pronouncements.

Continue reading at:  https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/26/anti-lgbt-groups-celebrate-trumps-ban-transgender-citizens-serving-us-military

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Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’

From Military Times:  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/07/26/transgender-airman-i-would-like-to-see-them-try-to-kick-me-out-of-my-military/


July 26, 2017

After President Trump’s surprise announcement Wednesday barring transgender people from serving “in any capacity“ in the military, one prominent transgender airman said he’s more determined than ever to continue serving in the Air Force.

“I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military,” Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland said in an interview with Air Force Times. “You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.”

Other transgender service members expressed the same determination to stay in uniform in interviews with Military Times.

“I will continue to report for duty in the uniform of the day until I am forced to receive my DD214” discharge papers, said Sgt. Jack Schuler a transgender man and Army reservist who is a chemical operations specialist. He previously served in the Marine Corps.

“I love serving this country and its people,” he said. ”I love being a part of this military family. My dream is to retire after a long career. I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon.”

A Marine military police officer who is a transgender man (he asked that his name not be used), pointed out that he’s served honorably through two deployments. He’s never endangered his comrades, he said, or made anyone else “conform to my world view.” All he asked for, he said, was the same respect he gave others.

“I have never described myself as trans; I’m a mother—-ing Marine,” the corporal said. “That‘s all that matters. Don’t tarnish my title with your bigotry and fear of the unknown.”

Complete article at:  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/07/26/transgender-airman-i-would-like-to-see-them-try-to-kick-me-out-of-my-military/

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