No Real Policy Banning Trans Troops?

According to this Buzzfeed article, despite what everyone is saying, there’s no new policy set in stone. What people are flipping out over – and rightfully so – is the potential content of a policy that could appear.

When a federal judge in Seattle holds a hearing Tuesday over President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, she will face an odd question: Does the Trump administration even have a policy banning transgender troops right now?

No, not in writing. Not anywhere, technically.

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Judge Overrides Transgender Military Bill

This is in no way meant to disrespect any transgender soldiers currently serving or wanting to serve in any branch of the military, but I don’t understand why you’d want to risk your life and livelihood for a country who doesn’t respect who you are as a living breathing human being. Is it that you come from a family with a history of military service? Is there some other reason I’m unable to think of? There are so many in this country, starting at the very top of the “food chain” who, quite frankly, abhor your existence, yet you’re willing to defend them. That’s pretty selfless of you, whoever you are. I hope that someday the people who hate you so much have a change of heart somehow, but I doubt it will be in my lifetime. Anyway, the good news is that you will no longer be banned from serving if you so choose.

The Trump administration must accept transgender recruits into the military by Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The decision prevents a ban on enlisting new transgender troops that the administration had sought to implement after an earlier injunction against the president’s order.

“The court will not stay its preliminary injunction pending defendants’ appeal,” Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote Monday.

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USCG Still Supports Transgender Troops

It’s fantastic to see that despite what the Commander in Chief wants or says, the real leaders of our military will keep the faith with all soldiers. I know there’s been the cry for the military not being the ones to pay the bill for someone’s transition, but let’s be honest: how many of them do you really know about? I can use one finger to count the one I know about and we only know of her because she was arrested for breaking the faith with the military and intelligence world. I bet you anything that if she hadn’t done that, we’d never know of her existence nor her transition.

WASHINGTON — The commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday that he would continue to support transgender troops under his command, despite Twitter posts by President Trump saying the government would not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military.

The commandant, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, said his office had reached out to the 13 Coast Guard members who self-identify as transgender after seeing the president’s tweets.

“That is the commitment to our people right now,” Admiral Zukunft said. “Very small numbers, but all of them are doing meaningful Coast Guard work today.”

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Transgender Ban in Military

With all due respect to any existing transgender military officers, why would you want to defend the citizens of a country that hates your existence? I respect familial tradition, etc., but is it really worth it if your Commander in Chief doesn’t even want you “soiling” his military? Fuck ’em all. It’s disgraceful that he or anyone else would have an issue with a transgender woman or man defending their freedoms. They certainly aren’t out there on the battle lines. Historically, a king would be out there on the battlefield with his soldiers fighting side-by-side. It’s a shame that no longer happens. Maybe those motherfuckers would feel differently about war.

President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed them to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.

Citing the need to focus on victory, Trump said that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and “disruption” that transgender troops would require.

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Pentagon Repeals Its Ban On Transgender People Serving In The Military

Celebrate!

The Pentagon has repealed its long-standing ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military “effective immediately,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.

“Americans who want to serve and meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to do so,” Carter said. “Implementation will begin today.”

“We don’t want barriers limiting a person’s qualifications to serve,” he said. “We have reason to be proud today of what this will mean for our military, because it is the right thing to do, and it is another step in ensuring that we continue to recruit and retain the most qualified people,”

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U.S. Marine Convicted Of Killing A Trans Woman In The Philippines

Most of the time I fully support the US military. I think a lot of the time we take for granted what they do for us when they voluntarily go fight in a war none of us asked for. They are selflessly putting themselves in danger so our safety is assured, then we ignore them when they return home with all kinds of baggage. In this case, however, what this guy did is straight up wrong. No one has the right to take the life of another just because they’re not who you thought they were. People like him give the military a bad reputation. That his life and “honor” were threatened is a bullshit defense and that lawyer should be ashamed.

OLONGAPO, Philippines — A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton for the death of a transgender Filipina woman named Jennifer Laude.

The trial was closed to press, but Pemberton’s lawyers said he hired Laude for sex after the two met at a club on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton’s lawyers told local media that he admitted to choking her in a nearby hotel room after discovering she was transgender, but claimed she was alive, though unconscious, when he left her.

“He said he felt that he was being raped — he was so repulsed and so disgusted because he did not give his consent to allow a man to do that to him,” one of his attorneys said in an August 2015 news broadcast, in a point that became a key part of his defense. Another of his lawyers added: “Pemberton acted only in defense of his life and honor.”

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Meet The First Out Transgender Active Duty U.S. Army Officer

Respectfully, I think she is wrong. Each of us has a story that’s unique. They may be similar in some ways, but each story is our own and wonderfully unique.

WASHINGTON — Jamie Lee Henry is a doctor and major in the Army’s Medical Corps. She also is a transgender woman.

In holding an interview with BuzzFeed News, Henry is the first known active-duty Army officer to come out as transgender. She also is, to her knowledge and to the knowledge of LGBT advocates, the first and only active duty service member who has changed her name and gender within the United States military.

It’s not a secret within the military. When Henry requested that her name and gender be officially changed in mid-March, the Army “actually used female pronouns in the document” that granted the request for the change in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), she said. After receiving that in May, she then used the Army’s response to change her permanent military records in the interactive Personnel Electronic Records Management System (iPERMS), as well as in her medical records. The changes came, she said, “I think to the surprise of many, that it was even possible. But it’s been confirmed, it has been changed.”

These steps may sound small and technical, but they are completely new to the military.

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A Nice Afternoon With The Women Of New Orleans’ Trans Veterans Support Group

Anyone who willingly offers to potentially sacrifice their life for millions of strangers should get 110% back from we who are the strangers. A-N-Y-O-N-E. No questions asked. Anything they need at anytime, day or night. For the rest of their lives. They should be paid the millions that NFL players and NBA players receive, because the NFL/NBA players sacrifice NOTHING and gain far too much. We Americans do far too little for the men and women of the US military.

Though transgender people are still barred from openly serving in the military, a small but increasingly visible population of veterans are demanding health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs — and getting it.

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