No Medical Reason to Ban Openly Transgender People from the Military

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drag show at US military base

Serviceman dressed for the first drag show to be performed on a US military base.

An independent commission led by Dr. Jocelyn Elders, a U.S. surgeon general under Bill Clinton before she was fired, reports that there is no medical reason to keep transgenders out of the military or force them out. The commission comes out of The Williams Institute, a far-left think tank in San Francisco.

Transgenders are not currently banned from the U.S. military but the commission states that requirements in place result in their being banned. Certainly, being openly transgender is a problem and could interfere with dress and code requirements.

The commission states that there is no reason why President Obama can’t use his pen and phone to lift the ban. Of course he can. He’s the dictator.

Since there is no ban, we can only assume that they want to reduce mandated requirements that ensure we have the best fit in the military. Accommodations for openly transitioning service people would have to be made.

Gender identity issues are no longer defined as psychiatric problems by the mental health community at large, the report says, and the notion that they aren’t normal is based on outdated ideas.

“We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve components,” Elders commission wrote.

The U.S. taxpayer will have to pay for gender transition surgery.

One concern by the military is that providing hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgeries would be too difficult, disruptive and expensive. The panel rejected that as a concern.

“I hope their takeaway will be we should evaluate every one of our people on the basis of their ability and what they can do, and if they have a condition we can treat we would treat it like we would treat anyone else,” Elders said in an interview with The Associated Press, which was provided along with the report ahead of its official release.

The commission argued that facilitating gender transitions “would place almost no burden on the military,” adding that a relatively small number of active and reserve service members would elect to undergo transition-related surgeries and that only a fraction might suffer complications that would prevent them from serving. It estimated that 230 transgender people a year would seek such surgery at an average cost of about $30,000.

The Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, whose group opposed the repeal of the ban on openly gay troops, predicted that putting transgender people in barracks, showers and other sex-segregated areas could cause sexual assaults to increase and infringe on the privacy of non-transgender personnel.

“This is putting an extra burden on men and women in the military that they certainly don’t need and they don’t deserve,” Donnelly said.

The woman who led the commission, Jocelyn Elders, born Minnie Lee Jones, has a checkered past. In 1994, while serving as Surgeon General, she was invited to speak at a United Nations conference on AIDS. She was asked whether it would be appropriate to promote masturbation as a means of preventing young people from engaging in riskier forms of sexual activity, and she replied, “I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.” She believes it should be taught in grade school.

She was fired by Bill Clinton shortly after.

She was also famous for saying, “We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.” And she said this: “… abortion opponents love little babies as long as they are in somebody else’s uterus”.

She also wants marijuana legalized.

The Red Army

The Red Army. There are certainly no openly gay, lesbian or transgenders in this army. Do optics matter?

Click here for more: AP

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