U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement today confirming that America's "current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions."
Transgender Americans serve in the military at twice the rate of non-trans people, and a long-sought end to the ban on active duty transgender personnel will allow them to serve openly.
The repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy had no effect on the ban on active duty transgender servicemembers. Thanks to efforts by advocacy groups including Outserve-SLDN, SPART*A, and the Palm Center (funded by trans philanthropist Jennifer Pritzker) this policy will allow trans people an opportunity for employment and further the acceptance of trans people. Around the world, transgender servicemembers have openly served in other countries' militaries for years. Many notable trans people have served in the military, including trans pioneer Christine Jorgensen, Navy Seal Kristin Beck and Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives. Other notable trans servicemembers include Chelsea Manning, Aydian Dowling and Shane Ortega.
Serving in the US military has long been a path to citizenship for immigrants to the USA, but after a suite of reforms instituted by the Trump regime, immigrants who serve in the US military are less likely to attain citizenship than immigrants who don't serve.
In her latest detailed policy proposal, would-be 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren sets out a Green New Deal for the US military, whose own policy analysts have identified climate change and energy independence as serious risks to US security.
On November 16, 2017, the crew of a Navy EA-18G Growler jet delighted sixth graders, launched a meme, and pissed off prudes everywhere by drawing a penis in the sky with their engine exhaust over the state of Washington. Their prank caused quite a stir in the Navy, even leading to an “official information dispatch” […]
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Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]