July 30, 2015
By Lorra B.
Our Military once allowed absolutely no homosexual individuals in the military. On February 28, 1994 and under the Clinton Administration, ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ was instituted and prohibited military discrimination or harassment of gay or bisexual soldiers until it was lifted in 2011. On Monday the Pentagon will begin to take apart the ban on Transgenders in the military.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, there are over 15,000 transgender soldiers currently serving in the armed forces.
By early next year it is the intent of the Pentagon to have Transgender individuals serving openly and “end an ‘outdated’ regulation that harms the armed forces, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Monday,” according to The New York Times.
There will be much controversy over the military decision, both for and against.
We The People writes about the below video, “The anchor on Young Turks puts his liberal thoughts out there to provide the reader with a great laugh. Can you imagine how he would have handled himself and his little sycophantic female had a real President, George W. Bush put this entire fiasco in play. Forgive me if I seem a bit obtuse, but what does the Supreme Court decision to allow the LGBT community to get married have to do with?”
One thing is clear, however. Whether you are for or against Transgender soldiers in the military, the move is being pushed forward, though not without it’s complications.
“How transgender troops will be housed, what uniforms they’ll be permitted to wear and what medical treatments they’ll be entitled to will be among the key issues for the Pentagon to resolve, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the discussions publicly,” according to USA Today.
This decision came after several weeks of talks at the Pentagon and involved several top military chiefs, Defense Department leaders and secretaries.
“We have transgender soldier, sailors, airmen and Marines — real, patriotic Americans — who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit,” stated Carter. “The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”
Carter is creating a working group given the task over a six month period to determine what impact the transgender ban will have on the military as a whole. Included will be training for the troops to ensure a ‘smooth transition.’
By Lorra B.