Having a voice concerning the Transgender Military Ban.
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In July, Trump sought to ban transgender personnel from the military. In a series of tweets he 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. Thank you.” Trump's reasoning for the military ban includes that transgender soldiers incur extensive medical costs and they create a disruption to our military; however, both reasons are unfounded.
Many people disagree with this argument, they feel Trump is violating the rights of transgender individuals.
“Any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so—and should be treated as the patriots they are,” says Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, a former Navy pilot.
According to the New York Times Upfront Magazine,
There are 18 other countries—including Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom—that allow transgender people to serve openly in their militaries.
The RAND Corporation report studied the experiences of those four countries. “Our review of the limited available research found no evidence . . . that allowing transgender personnel to serve openly has had any negative effect on operational effectiveness, cohesion, or readiness,” the report said.
Medical costs---- In July 2017 Trump announced through a series of Twitter posts that he would reinstate the ban. He explained that his decision was based on the advice received from unidentified military experts and a concern about the financial burden of accommodating transgender servicemembers. However, according to the Huffington Post, “Aside from the fact that all soldiers need healthcare, the cost of gender-affirming healthcare represents at most 0.13% of military healthcare spending.” This is hardly a financial burden
Critics of Trump’s reversal cite multiple reports that indicate the contrary. Trump’s decision met resistance from activist groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who filed a lawsuit shortly after the policy was officially announced, and Democratic lawmakers, including 140 members of the House of Representatives who signed a letter voicing their opposition. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced in August 2017 that the DoD and Department of Homeland Security would conduct an additional study before moving forward with the president’s directive.
The only thing the military ban is actually doing is messing up and destroying the rights of people in the transgender community and not giving them what they need. Transgender Service members should be granted access to the benefits given to other military personnel, including family benefits. President Barack Obama responded to these concerns in 2010 when he signed a bill repealing a ban on gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers serving openly. During his second term in office, in 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) lifted a ban on transgender people serving in the military. However, in July 2017 President Donald Trump announced his intention to reinstate this ban.
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