United States Military: Lift the Ban on Transgender People in the Military
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United States Military: Lift the Ban on Transgender People in the Military

    1. Jason Bartlett
    2. Petition by

      Jason Bartlett

      Riverside, RI

Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Sign this petition to help get the ball rolling: https://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-military-lift-the-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-military We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Add transgender people the the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. Let equal rights and safety for all transgender people be possible! Don't ask, don't tell needs to be repealed for all, including transgender individuals. All transgender people deserve the same rights as every other United States citizen serving the country. Be that serving openly in the military, marrying the person they love or just walking down the street without risking being beaten or killed just because we live our lives differently than thinks is the "proper" way.

Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/

About one in 11,000 male babies and one in 30,000 female babies are born with Dysphoria.

There are approximately 700,000 Transgender adults in the U.S., and about 15,450 service members who identify as transgender — 8,800 active, 6,650 in the National Guard and reserves, and 134,350 veterans.

About 20% of the roughly 700,000 Transgender people in the United States have been a part of the military at some point in time. Transgender folks have served in every conflict in our nation’s history.

One in five Transgender adults have served in the Armed Forces.

Nearly one in ten Transgender Veterans report having been discharged due to their gender identity.

Transgender people make up 0.6% of the 21.8 million U.S. Veterans; roughly 1 in 200.

As of December 2013, being Transgender in the U.S. military is considered a psychological disorder and is grounds for dishonorable discharge.

In 2013, the Veterans Affairs Department treated 2,567 Veterans with the diagnosis of gender dysphora with transgender-specific care, according to Ndidi Mojay, a V.A. spokeswoman. In sharp contrast, while Transgender people are prohibited from serving openly in the United States, thirteen foreign countries allow open transgender military service, in some capacity. These countries are:

Australia

Brazil

Belgium

Canada

Czech Republic

Israel

Netherlands

New Zealand

Spain

Sweden

Thailand

United Kingdom

Uruguay

There are hundreds of reports and statistics from our allies in which transgender service has had no impact; very similar to our own experiences with the repeal of DADT.

http://defglis.com.au/guides/GenderTransition.pdf
www.hrc.org/documents/HRC-Workplace-Gender-Transition-Guidelines.pdf
www.wpath.org
www.wipeouttransphobia.com/myth-buster/

My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "That’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true. This is why we need to change this regulation. www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/for-transgender-service-members-concept-of-dont-ask-dont-tell-remains-a-reality/2014/04/26/c0597936-ccb6-11e3-93eb-6c0037dde2ad_story.html

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    • Ray Rapalo SOMERSWORTH, NH
      • 3 days ago

      If i could join the military i would do it in a Heart Beat!! My family was formed around the military, grandparents, aunts, unclues, cousins, and my immediate family have people who serve this country. I WANT SO BADLY to do it as well, but i cant because we are banned from serving. I want to serve the beautiful country of the United States of America. I dont see why ones gender identity should matter. If you're willing to give your life to protect your family and country, whats between your legs shouldn't matter. THE END!!! POINT BLANK!!! Everyone deserves the change!!!!

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    • Kristian Pittman RENO, NV
      • 14 days ago

      I am a transman who served for 7 years and wants to return to service. I only separated so that I could finish my transition.

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    • Tyler Anderson PANAMA CITY, FL
      • 15 days ago

      I want to join the military to carry on the tradition of my family but cannot due to this rule

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    • Juliana Serna WHITING, IN
      • 16 days ago

      EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS. INCLUDING MY BOYFRIEND

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    • Devin Molina LAUDERHILL, FL
      • 22 days ago

      Because military bigotry is bad duh duh

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