Friday, June 02, 2017

Well That Didn’t Last Long

But did anyone think otherwise with this administration?

With the way Trump has been attacking anything LGBT did anyone think he would allow trans servicemembers to continue serving in the military?
The military is building a case to block transgender applicants — at least for now
Military Times
By: Andrew deGrandpre and David Larter
June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — A controversial Pentagon directive that would allow transgender men and women to join the military beginning this summer now faces indefinite delay as senior leaders within each of the services voice lingering concerns about the Obama-era policy intended to end discrimination but dismissed by critics as social experimentation.

This development, confirmed to Military Times by multiple sources with knowledge of these internal discussions, comes as the Defense Department faces a July 1 deadline to fully implement a policy that one year ago lifted the ban on transgender personnel already in uniform, and established the conditions and timeline by which new applicants could join either through enlistment or as officer candidates.

President Donald Trump does not share his predecessor's view on transgender rights, while plenty in the ranks and inside the Pentagon have questioned the practicality of expending such effort to accommodate a comparatively small demographic. Those advocating for inclusiveness have suspected for many months that the administration could bring about the initiative's demise simply by declining to act upon it.
The article also goes on to say,
It's the latest in a series of related developments since Mattis took over at the Pentagon in January. Most recently, officials informed two transgender cadets set to graduate from the Army and Air Force military academies that they would not receive commissions and be allowed to serve on active duty.

Over the winter, the Pentagon quietly rolled backed protections concerning bathroom and locker room access for transgender students attending Defense Department schools. A directive issued last year after an incident in Germany, granted full access to transgender students’ preferred facilities with no questions asked. Now school principals — in consultation with students, their parents and teachers — address such matters case by case, as they had done previously.
I do not think it will stop with us, I think the lesbians and gays who came out under the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” have to be wary. I think that in the future you will see an even worst DADT law passed and a pogrom against all those LGBT servicemembers who came out under the Obama administration.

Yesterday I was at a funeral for a friend and a strong ally of the trans community. It was a very emotional day.

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