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(RealClear)   Panel urges the president to sign an executive order lifting the ban on transgender military service   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, military service, U.S. Surgeon General, Palm Center, presidential executive order, San Francisco State University, Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning, judicial panel  
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2014-03-14 10:24:47 AM  
2 votes:
Yeah, escape your oppression by joining an organization that facilitates oppression all over the world... great idea.
2014-03-14 10:00:24 AM  
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But Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, whose group opposed the repeal of the ban on openly gay troops, predicted that putting transgender people in barracks, showers and other sex-segregated could cause sexual assaults to increase and infringe on the privacy of non-transgender personnel.

"I had kept my bigotry to myself, but once a transgender person used the bathroom stall next to me, my irrational hate for them became apparent! Now everyone thinks I'm a horrible person! What about my rights?!"

Also, statistically, aren't transgender people more likely to be the  victims of sexual assault, rather than the perpetrators? So, really, isn't Donnelly saying that we have to ban transgender people from the military because of all of the rapists that are currently in the ranks?
2014-03-14 09:55:20 AM  
2 votes:
Both transgender people looking to join the military will be grateful if this goes through.
2014-03-14 11:10:05 AM  
1 vote:
Why doesn't this panel explore something useful like ending the discriminatory requirement for MEN only to register for Selective Service.

If females can join combat units, let's require females to register like young men are required.
2014-03-14 11:05:31 AM  
1 vote:
Excuse me, but aren't people mentally sick enough to mutilate their selves supposed to be kept away from weapons? Does it really matter whether this mutilation was self-inflicted, or clinical?
2014-03-14 10:36:13 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-03-14 10:21:06 AM  
1 vote:
No.  Just no.
2014-03-14 10:17:16 AM  
1 vote:

mjbok: I have a legit question:  aren't there often ongoing hormone injections going on in situations like this?  If so I would think it would be a disqualifying thing based on that.  While not "medically necessary" for health like the diabetus, the military needs soldiers that it can basically dump out in the middle of nowhere with minimal supplies..

That was exactly my point. during the active phase of transition (hormones and such), there's medications with wonky side effects, hormones itself, psych issues, endocrinology work ups every three months.

Boots on the ground in a early warzone ain't gonna have that.
2014-03-14 10:13:06 AM  
1 vote:
Kind of torn on this one. I believe that anyone who bravely wants to grab a gun and work for this country by possibly placing themselves into harmful situations that might get them killed, should be allowed to, celebrated for it and given every oportunity to do so; however, the "ship of state" does not turn on a dime and we're currently working through the kinks (no pun intended) of integrating both women and homosexuals into the military that I think tossing another group into the mix too soon could cause some unintended problems. As crappy as it sounds, I just don't think they're ready for this step yet - give it a few more years to let the first batch get settled in, then bring in the new ingredients.

/yea, cuz it's just like making a darn cake!!
2014-03-14 09:51:24 AM  
1 vote:
This is my rifle, this is...where my gun used to be.
2014-03-14 09:51:02 AM  
1 vote:
You would think republicans would want to see them dying in a far away land.
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