Statement by Transgender Client of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) on the Reissued Ban on Transgender People in the Military:

Statement by Transgender Client of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) on the Reissued Ban on Transgender People in the Military:

Friday the Trump Administration reissued its ban on Transgender people in the military.  The exceptions are persons who have been “stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession [and] service members who do not require a change of gender.”  While it’s unclear how the Administration defines the term biological sex, “those requiring medications and surgery” are out.  Clearly, Trump has an unwarranted bias against Transgender people who need to physically transition.

This time they have gone past the trite and debunked arguments of unit cohesiveness, medical costs, and deployability to a broad claim that Transgender people “present considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.” As a retired military officer, defense worker and a Transgender person who still works on a military installation, I find this accusation deplorable.  It desecrates my 40 years of sacrifice, dedication, and public service to the nation. To insinuate that I have been and am a risk to national defense is ludicrous and demeans the medals, promotions and great things I accomplished while serving in the name of national security.

The truth is, there are and have been Transgender military members serving with honor and distinction for centuries.  I am just one of many.  We were forced to keep out of sight.  But isn’t that the Administration’s objective?  This move is simply a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for Transgender people: Out of sight, out of mind.  The Administration wants to force Transgender members out, keep Transgender applicants out, and scare those left into hiding; demand they be someone they are not and compromise their personal integrity.

The Administration and those egging them on, want to first erase us from the military, that’s the easy one. Then erase us from the rest of society.  Last month the Kansas Republican Party approved a resolution that opposes “all efforts to validate Transgender identity,”

What do these people use as the rationale for their Transphobia? They cite “God’s design for gender”.  It has nothing to do with the ability to perform the tasks required of a military member.  It’s really all about forming a rigid society void of diversity by exploiting the hypnotic power of religion to rid the society of individuals who don’t strictly adhere to their model.

To achieve this goal within the constitutional confines of the U.S. they must secure religious exemptions by manipulating political power (i.e. the Trump Administration).  These exemptions are special rights to unleash their discriminatory and oppressive bigotry in violation of civil rights protections and equality standards. Within the military, this is what really undermines unit cohesion and places national security at risk.

As a client and supporter of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I am incensed.  The tenets of our Constitution, the ones I swore to uphold, and the standards of integrity we expect of our soldiers, sailors and airmen, are being undermined by a hypocritical cult who is weaponizing the Christian religion and is bent on creating a military that mirrors their myopic societal view to further their dominionist aims.

We Transgender people are contributing members of society. We deserve the same rights and respect afforded all citizens including serving in the U.S. military; no more, no less.  The Transgender community, who adds a chromatic spectrum to the human experience, is the low hanging fruit for these theocratic ideologues and the canary in the coal mine for true freedom-loving Americans.

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10 Comments

  1. MAGAPatriot

    Aww, a poor snowflake tranny is butt hurt. All praise to God to Trump for ridding our military of these mentally ill people and bringing good order and unit cohesion back to our military. All homos, queers and tranny’s need to be banned from out military.

  2. Grey One talks sass

    Maggot – for that is your personality revealed – how Christ like you are in your words. Oh wait, Christ said nothing against homosexuality.

    Before you spout your Leviticus talking points you’d best know I’ve studied the rules. If you are not mixing your fabrics, eating bacon (a HUGE sin according to The List), or forgoing shaving then you might hold the high ground. One bacon cheeseburger and you are just as guilty as those you wish to judge and condemn.

    In my opinion, a warrior is who they are no matter what their gender. As for the mistaken idea of gender being binary, well, science has a clue for those seeking enlightenment.

    People like the maggot are the dinosaurs in their closely held black and white ideals. It is good the winning team is firmly grey.

  3. MAGAPatriot

    Dear Five Shades of Grey,
    Jesus never said anything either about domestic violence, does that make it okay? He never said anything either about beastiality, does that make it okay? Actually, He did say something about homosexuality, for He affirmed that marriage is to be only between one man and one woman!

    You have studied the rules, well let me ask, have you studied the context and to whom the rules were being given to?? I guess not, since the “rules” in Leviticus were given to the Israelites in the desert which is more commonly called the Mosaic Law, and the Mosaic Law was given to the Israelites while in the desert to separate them from the pagan people that also lived in the land at the time. Also, since the Mosaic Law was given to the Israelites, hence “Jews” they have no impact on Gentiles like myself. So, I am not bound by the Hebrew dietary laws like the Jews are, so I love my bacon burgers and mixed fabrics, but I primarily wear 100% cotton fabrics. Also, the Mosaic Law ended when the Israelites made it to the promised land, for that Law was never intended to last forever, as when they made it to the Promised Law, the Davidic Law then took over. In the New Testament, you will see that the Apostle Paul, a Jew himself, wrote that we are no longer under law, but grace. Are there Jews today who still observe the dietary laws, yes of course, but there are a lot of Jews who do not observe them as well. You may want to read up on the Mosaic Law here – https://www.gotquestions.org/Mosaic-Law.html

    Winning team is grey?, the only winning team here is those who obey God, his laws are black and white, male and female, sin or righteousness!

  4. Marshalldoc

    Folks, ‘MAGAIdiot’ is a Chrisotfascist troll getting his rocks off by getting under your collective skins. Let him be; he’s firmly wrapped in the blinding blanket of his exceptionalist mythology (understanding the root causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder will help you understand his compulsions & needs – hint: no unconditional love in childhood development) and is immune to reason. As for people willing to address the issue rationally, they might start by reading “Evolution’s Rainbow” by Joan Roughgarden… puts to rest all that ‘Genesis 5:2’ bullpucky.

  5. Marshalldoc

    Oh, another item enlightening people on religious fanatics: “Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism” [https://www.alternet.org/right-wing/scientists-have-established-link-between-brain-damage-and-religious-fundamentalism?akid=16826.303761.B3y14v&rd=1&src=newsletter1089843&t=32]. It would appear the Ann Coulter had it backwards…

  6. Grey One talks sass

    Hi Marshalldoc,

    I know the troll here very well. I was curious if they still were of the opinion that they could pick and choose not only the rules but whether or not they apply to everyone. I guess the multitude of words they spewed gave me my answer.

    I look forward to the day when their fanatical belief and refusal to accept scientific fact is considered a disease by health professionals. With all the shaming and condemning done by those like MAGAPatriot it would feel like cosmic justice to me.

  7. Fuck off

    This Ban has nothing to do with sexual preference nor religious beliefs. It deals with Mental Illness, and the fact that it has no place in our Military. Perhaps you suffer from the same disease.

  8. MAGAPatriot

    Actually this ban is not coming from Trump, it is coming from the DoD and Jim Mattis, Trump gave the decision over to him.
    Nobody has the right to be in the military in the first place – http://christianfighterpilot.com/2018/03/26/in-clever-move-president-trump-rescinds-military-transgender-ban/

  9. Grey One talks sass

    Like your hero, MAGAPatriot, you lie when the truth will do. The ban was written (in part) by Pence and Tony Perkins, two of the most anti-LGBTQA people on the planet.

    Mattis recognizes a warrior isn’t created in cookie cutter shapes. He also isn’t going to fight Lord Dampnut over this kerfuffle as the ban won’t pass the Constitution test.

    Hmmm, lies when the truth will do. Prays on the corner for all to hear. Pays more attention to the mote in another’s eye while ignoring the log in their own….

    Are you sure you’ve read your holy book?

  10. G

    “Nobody has the right to be in the military in the first place>”

    Oh really, MAGAPPatriot, then why you have people stating that the draft should be reinstated in this country? Also, if no one has the right to be in the military, does that mean if there is any 9/11 or Pearl Harbor attack, I can refuse to enlist in the military even if there is a draft even if it is a matter of national survival?

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