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    by » Sat April 13th, 2019, 17:54



    Trans troops return to era of 'don't ask, don't tell' as Trump policy takes effect

    Openly transgender people now banned from serving in the military as LGBT groups denounce ‘shameful’ rule


    The US military is returning to the era of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policies, after new rules that ban transgender people from serving came into effect on Friday.

    The new policy bars military members who have transitioned or are openly trans from enlisting after Friday, while troops who come out as trans while serving after that day will be discharged.It forces trans soldiers to hide their identity or lose their job and will result in increased stigma and mental health issues, said troops and LGBT groups.

    “With the implementation of this transgender military ban, our nation is once again shamefully forcing brave American heroes to hide who they are in order to serve,” said Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association.

    More than 10,000 trans people may be serving in the military across active service and reserves, according to a 2016 study by the Rand Corporation, a think tank.

    But they have rarely been able to be open about their identity or transition while serving.

    The official “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevented gay people from serving openly was brought to an end in 2011, but it was only in 2016 that former president Barack Obama lifted restrictions barring trans people.

    Donald Trump reversed those changes in 2018, claiming that trans people cause “tremendous medical costs and disruption” to the military.

    In reality, trans healthcare has been a small fraction of the military’s health budget, with one analysis estimating that the military spends roughly five times as much on Viagra alone than on transition-related care for trans troops. The American Medical Association has criticized Trump’s argument, saying it misrepresents science.

    The Department of Defense has claimed that not all trans military members would be affected by the new regulations, since it allows members of the armed forces who were diagnosed with gender dysphoria during the Obama policy to remain in the military and serve according to their gender identity.

    “The military provides all necessary medical care to protect the health of our service members, including those who are in the process of being separated,” Dod said in a statement.

    Kara Corcoran, a captain in the US Army, disclosed that she was trans last year, under pressure from the incoming rules that would have forced her to stay in the closet indefinitely.

    “I cannot explain to you how much more mentally sound and even more physically fit I am today than I was a year ago,” she said of the decision.

    She feared that many other troops who were not yet ready to come out would suffer, saying she had personally recently spoken to a colleague who had decided to keep his identity a secret.

    “He’s like ‘I’ll hold out and hopefully they will change the policy back,’ and it’s hurtful because I know that he will eventually get to a point where he can’t suppress it like I did for so many years,” she said.

    More: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-ask-dont-tell
    A travesty - how can this be happening in a developed nation?

    The US spends so much time preaching to the rest of the world about how great the country is, when the reality is that it's led by a loon and it's a cesspit of hatred.

    As an aside, I *hate* the whole concept of hate speech disguised as free speech that exists in the US.

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    by » Sun April 14th, 2019, 10:48

    the point here is... that he US hide behind religion... "religigious" people get away with anything.

    To my knowledge, there are also anti-lgbtq laws in place in some US states which state that a doctor or emergency room can refuse to treat openly LGBTQ people due to religious believes. The US is unique like that.

    The US always claim of themselves as the Greatest Country in the world... but if we look at social security, protection of minorities and many many other factors... they're not even in the top 20.

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    by » Fri April 19th, 2019, 13:08

    The American Medical Association has criticized Trump’s argument, saying it misrepresents science.
    Criticizing Trump by pointing out scientific facts?
    Reminds me of that scene from the Simpsons, where someone tried to appeal to Mr. Burns' benevolence while Smithers desparately signaled them to shut up.

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