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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Pentagon Repeals Its Ban On Transgender People Serving In The Military


The Pentagon has repealed its long-standing ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military “effective immediately,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.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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92-year-old WWII vet fought ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

First of all, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Mr Starr for fighting in World War II and helping to bring peace to a shattered Europe..

Second, I’d like to thank Mr Starr for also fighting for the rights of our LGBT sisters and brothers who serve in our military.

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret.

Not until his service as a military man was needed once again — this time as an activist against the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy — did Starr, who is gay, slowly step out of the closet.

Now 92 and still on the go, Starr — known universally by his family nickname “Twink” — is unabashed in his support for fellow gays in the service and love for his country.

“They were saying that you could not have the courage or the nerve to be in combat and you weren’t qualified then to protect your buddy, because you would give up, you’d fade or you’d die, you cry,” said Starr, who was honored last weekend at a Stonewall Columbus veterans event.

“Well, that’s not true,” he said. “And I can prove it.”

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