Right, but can “they” use “our” bathrooms?
“There is no medically valid reason — including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria — to exclude transgender individuals from military service.“ – American Medical Association CEO Dr. James Madara
But they needs the medications
Opening with this because it looks like from a quick glance at the news that we’re not at war with anyone new this morning, so let’s all take a second and worry about the other problem the Tweeter-in-Chief has besides impulse control and that’s an alarming tendency to play to the bigots in the gallery.
This time it’s the Mattisized version of Trump’s all-out ban on transgender persons serving in the US military. Which is a thing that the vice president would love to see happen and somehow Mike "I Don’t Hate The Gays, God Does” Pence and his particularly vile version of Jesusness have convinced the president that this is an issue.
The American Medical Assocation (AMA) disagrees, and believes there is no medically valid reason to not allow anyone and everyone who’s at any stage of transitioning from serving in the military.
But they’re just doctors, and I’s a soldier, so that makes me smrter
Let’s be clear on something: I’m a cis gender heterosexual white male in his forties who served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. I grew up surrounded by all the diversity of a paper plate.
Not the fancy kind with the designs and all. No. The straight up white AF cheap kind you needed to have about five of unless you wanted to be wearing mom’s ribs.
So it’s not like I’m some woke millenial clutching my participation trophy in one hand and my avocado toast in the other. I say that to establish some bona fides in terms of being from a background that means I, too, could be an ignorant asshole about this.
But I’m not, and it’s time we all get our beady little brains around the fact that transgender persons deserve the same rights as everyone else. So let’s stop hiding behind psych evals of gender dsyphoria for a damn minute and own the fact that this ban is an attempt by evangelicals and other ‘murcan subspecies to preserve the gender status quo.
They’re here, they’re transgender, and they want to serve
That is a terrible heading because it doesn’t rhyme.
We can tell ourselves that this is different from discriminating against African Americans because if you’re African American you’re not born with a choice. Raise your hand if, like me, you’ve used that argument in the past for issues like this.
Raise your hand if, like me, you’ve tried to get smarter about this and learned that, no, gender dysphoria and being transgender isn’t a choice. We can argue about why someone’s transgender all we want to, but that shouldn’t be a factor in deciding whether they want to serve.