Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Wish Them Luck

But I worry about those who came out with the repeal of the transgender exclusion military policy and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law.
Transgender Marine Aaron Wixson is coming out under military's new trans policy
By Mathew Rodriguez
November 19, 2016

Being who you are while serving in the armed forces is now much easier — and Aaron Wixson's story proves it.

Lance Cpl. Aaron Wixson is one of the first transgender men to serve openly in the Marines, according to a CNN profile.

In June, the Pentagon announced it would lift the ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. On Oct. 1, the government published its transgender policy and as of that date, transgender people serving in the military would be able to access health care to help them transition.
Women, Transgender Troops Worry Trump Could Roll Back Obama Policies
By Joe Crowe
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016

Women and transgender people who serve in the military and their supporters are expressing concern that President-elect Donald Trump's administration could roll back policies that had been approved by President Barack Obama, according to The Hill.

In December 2015, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that women would be allowed in all roles in combat, and in June of 2016, he announced that transgender troops could serve openly. Both changes are being rolled out now, but could be reversed by the Trump administration.
Kasper said that reversing the policies might present problems for some service members, The Hill reports, such as transgender members who have already revealed their status. "There's so many different ways to approach it. For the people who came forward in the time they did, there might be some grandfathering," Kasper said.
As I said, I hope for the best but I can’t help but be concerned for all the LGBT service members who have come out and now are at-risk of being thrown out of the military with possible a dishonorable discharge.

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