Three retired U.S. generals added their names Tuesday to growing calls for the U.S. military to repeal its ban on transgender service members, arguing that doing so would not harm the armed forces’ readiness or require major changes to administrative or medical policies.
Hey, great! More important people in the US publicly stating that bigotry is shitty. I mean, I have a ton of problems with the US military in and of itself but allowing trans people to be included is a big step in ending the rank discrimination and violence against them.
The comments accompanied the release of a report by the generals for the Palm Center, a think tank at San Francisco State University’s political science department, that looked at the policies of the 18 countries that do allow transgender military service as well as U.S. studies including the Pentagon’s own guidance on lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."
You needed a study to figure that out.
It speaks to the true nature of bigots that this same argument has to be addressed over and over and over every time we want to let another marginalized group into the military. They're not interested in "unit cohesion" or whatever, they don't actually care about the safety of any soldiers. They're just bigots. We've gone over this time and time again, and it's always the same.
"We can't let people of color in! It will hurt unit cohesion!"
"We can't let women in! It will hurt unit cohesion!"
"We can't let gay people in! It will hurt unit cohesion!"
"We can't let gay people talk about being gay while they're in the military! It will hurt unit cohesion!"
"We can't let trans people in! It will-"
This has happened so many times that they've preemptively put together a report that says that there are already a shit ton of trans people in the military and everything's fine, and also other countries have openly trans people in their militaries and everything's fine, so pre-shut up.
Yes, bigots and transphobes. Trans people are just regular people. The only difference between them and you is that people like you make their lives fucking terrible!
Such a policy could mean that Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, and who was confirmed by military doctors to have gender dysphoria disorder, would be given hormone therapy while serving her 35-year prison sentence. Manning’s attorney and the ACLU said Friday that she was not receiving hormone treatment in jail as previously approved by Hagel.
That is fantastic news. She deserves every bit of health care coming to her, and hormone therapy for those who want it is health care.
[Aaron Belkin, founder and director of the Palm Center] added that while detractors have said they don’t know how troops in transition would handle “austere environments” if deployed, “those concerns are really unfounded," he said. "It’s not rocket science to have a diverse military.”