From Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/kristin-beck-trump-transgender-ban-2017-7
July 26, 2017
A retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,” Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service.”
Beck said Trump’s abrupt change in policy could negatively affect many currently or wanting to serve in the military. The RAND Corporation estimated in 2016 that there were between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serving. Many of them just want to serve their country like everyone else, Beck said.
“Being transgender doesn’t affect anyone else,” Beck said. “We are liberty’s light. If you can’t defend that for everyone that’s an American citizen, that’s not right.”
Beck is not just your average service member. Born Christopher Beck, she served for 20 years in the Navy with SEAL Teams 1, 5, and, eventually, the elite 6. She deployed 13 times over two decades, including stints in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She received the Bronze Star award for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.
“I was defending individual liberty,” she said. “I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.”
In a series of tweets, Trump said the decision was based on the costs of medical services that transgender service members could use. But “the money is negligible,” Beck said. “You’re talking about .000001% of the military budget.
“They care more about the airplane or the tank than they care about people,” Beck said. “They don’t care about people. They don’t care about human beings.”
When asked about potential problems with unit cohesion or war fighting, Beck said those were not issues that would arise from transgender service members, but from leadership.
“A very professional unit with great leadership wouldn’t have a problem,” Beck said. “I can have a Muslim serving right beside Jerry Falwell, and we’re not going to have a problem. It’s a leadership issue, not a transgender issue.”
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Remember this the next time some antisemite, who claims to be Anti-Zionist and not an antisemite, starts their bullshit about the equal rights of LGBT people in Israel being merely “pink-washing”.
By Yair Rosenberg
Today, President Trump announced a ban on transgender soldiers in the country’s military. “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,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”
There are an estimated 4,000 transgender individuals currently serving in the U.S. military. Essentially, Trump argued that they make America less safe by impeding the effectiveness of its armed forces. But is this actually true? The experience of another elite military suggests otherwise.
Israel—a tiny country surrounded by enemies that has been repeatedly targeted for extermination, leaving it with no margin for error—has drafted transgender soldiers since 2013. Today, the Israel Defense Forces covers the costs of gender reassignment surgery for its recruits. While the IDF allows exemptions from mandatory service for medical, cultural, and religious reasons, it does not consider being transgender a disability or liability.
As the IDF’s top gender adviser told a Slate reporter in 2015, “The goal was that everyone should be in the army, and everyone should be safe and comfortable in the army.” This openness sends a message to the rest of Israeli society, which considers the army one of its most respected institutions. “I think that one of our main goals in the gender affairs office is to spread the word,” explained Lt. Shahar Erez, whose transition was covered by the army. “You know, for kids, who need to join the IDF, they need to know they have a place to go to—that they will get the right kind of treatment.” In 2014, Israel ranked 9th out of 103 countries on the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies’s LGBT Military Index, well above the United States, which came in at #40.
Needless to say, none of this has hampered the prowess of Israel’s formidable fighting force. In fact, a 2016 Rand Corporation study that examined the 18 countries that allow transgender personnel to openly serve—including Israel—found that “evidence from foreign militaries and the U.S. military has indicated no significant impact on unit cohesion or operational readiness as a result of allowing transgender and gay and lesbian personnel to serve openly.”
The IDF’s inclusion of transgender soldiers reflects Israel’s broader outlook towards the community. Israel’s universal health coverage includes a stipend for individuals who are transitioning. In 1998, transgender pop star Dana International represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest—and won. Israel crowned its first Miss Trans in 2016, Christian Arab-Israeli dancer Ta’alin Abu Hanna, who then represented Israel in the Miss Trans Star International pageant in Spain. She told the New York Times that “she faces no hostility in using women’s bathrooms … and most people use the right pronouns when referring to her.”
Sarah K. Burris
26 Jul 2017
Retired Sgt. Shane Ortega is a transgender man who served as helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division and has been through three combat tours — two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. He thinks President Donald Trump’s recent policy decision to fire transgender military service members is all about deflection.
“This is a completely egotistical move on behalf of Donald Trump,” Ortega told MSNBC. “I think he’s honestly trying to circle the American people to deflect and detract the principles and goodwill of what it is to be an American service member. And he’s trying to use them as pawns right now in order to invoke some sort of emotional reaction from the public to circumvent his own investigations that are going right now towards his impeachment.”
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) agreed with Ortega, noting that Trump’s move goes further than even his own party wanted.
“The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, including 24 Republican members of Congress, just a few days ago, voted to preserve transgender equality in the military,” Maloney recalled. “So, the president has now-departed even from the standard that the Republican controlled House had, which was to leave in place the ability of transgender members to serve honorably. Folks like Shane Ortega and Kristen Beck, a member of S.E.A.L. Team 6, deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and Riley Dosh who recently graduated from West Point, being denied a commission for no reason when she passed all of the standards for graduation at West Point.”
Maloney said that the country has invested in these soldiers and trans members have served honorably.He went on to call it unprofessional and discriminatory and foresees it going on the “ash heap” with everything else Trump stands for.
Ortega explained that being a trans individual involves a lot of suffering while learning to “live your life authentically.” But when it comes to doing jobs like those that support “special operations” and other highly coveted positions in the military, it involves a lot of work.
“I had to be extremely well-trained and mature and level-headed in order to understand the capacity of that job,” Ortega explained. “So, when President Trump tweets this, I have people still serving and friends still serving and they are trans military people and in Special Ops positions and other coveted positions. I’m entirely outraged and asking the American public to what degree and to what effort will you become outraged? What institution do we have to take where we take away the rights of these people who are literally sacrificing their very lives giving everything they have for you? And when are we going to start intervening and taking away this health care is a right we earned with our blood and sweat and time?”
From The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/us/politics/trump-transgender-military.html
By and Hellene Cooper
JULY 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.
Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after talking to generals and military experts, whom he did not name.
“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,” Mr. Trump wrote.
“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 added.
The sweeping policy decision was met with surprise at the Pentagon and outrage from advocacy groups. It reverses the gradual transformation of the military under President Barack Obama, whose administration announced last year that transgender people could serve openly in the military. Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, also opened all combat roles to women and appointed the first openly gay Army secretary.
It was not clear what prompted Mr. Trump’s decision. The Pentagon referred questions about the policy change to the White House, where several officials did not immediately respond to questions about the reasoning and timing behind Mr. Trump’s decision.
But the announcement came amid a debate on Capitol Hill over the Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for medical treatment related to gender transition. The dispute has unfolded as Congress considers a nearly $700 billion spending bill to fund the Pentagon. Representative Vicky Hartzler, Republican of Missouri, has proposed an amendment that would bar the Pentagon from spending money on transition surgery or related hormone therapy, and other Republicans have pressed for similar provisions.
Ms. Hartzler’s version narrowly failed this month in the House, with some Republicans joining Democrats to reject it. But some members of the conservative Freedom Caucus have indicated they would not support the military spending measure without the language banning money for gender transition.
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Two women, who were among the first to get Sex Reassignment Surgery in the late 1940s and early 1950s had both served in the military.
Roberta Cowell, who was British had served as a fighter pilot in the RAF. Christine Jorgensen, an American had served in the US Army.
In the war against Nazism/Fascism many LGBT people served.
It was only during the Red Scares and the era of Joe McCarthy LGBT people were purged from the military. Closeted LGBT people continued to serve.
I was rejected by the Draft Board due to being obviously feminine. They presumed gay or trans. I went through the process with sisters already in transition.
LGBT folks served during the Vietnam war. They have served in every war and every theater of action since the beginning of time. Go ask the ancient Greeks.
Remember Cathy Brennan and the other Radical Feminist Nazis of a few years back, Undermining the place of women who are trans within the women’s community and lesbian community? The bathroom bills seem straight from the desk of Brennan and others like her.
Denying certain classes of people their equal rights is the same thing the Nazis did to Jewish people when the Nazis first came to power and unless you are a Nazi Sympathizer you know where that led.