Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trump Attacks Transgender Military

The buzz is that Trump is going ahead with his transphobic directive to expel transgender people from the military & stop the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops as well as cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery & other medical treatments for those already serving. This backward transgender military ban is expected to begin within the next 6 Months. Trump falsely claimed in his Tweets last July that our transgender community should be banned from the military because of the financial cost & disruption associated with transgender service members. Currently there are 15,000 transgender service members in the US military. The financial cost of providing health care to transgender troops would be at most $8.4 million per year according to the New England Journal of Medicine which is one one-hundredth of one percent of the military's annual health care budget. Fifty-six retired Generals & Admirals have warned Trump that if his ban were to be implemented it would degrade military readiness. Transgender troops have been serving honorably & openly for the past year & have been widely praised by commanders. Eighteen foreign nations including the UK & Israel allow transgender troops to serve & none have reported any detriment to readiness. If Trump gets away with this it will impose one set of standards for our transgender troops, & another set of standards for everyone else which will cause disruption, distraction & even more chaos than the failed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.  
For More Info: outserve-sldn.org
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