LGBT group: 15K transgender troops oppressed by DOD transgender policy

LGBT group: 15K transgender troops oppressed by DOD transgender policy

[Ed. – “Approximately 15,450” – who knew?]

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force seized on an  advocacy group’s report on transgender military service Thursday to call  on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order allowing  transgender men and women to serve in the military. …

“It’s time to finish the job on repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ once and for all,” Carey said.

The report was compiled by what [was called] an “independent commission,” headed by  former Clinton-era Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was asked to  step down after recommending schools teach children about masturbation  as a way to avoid spreading AIDS, according to the Associated Press.

“The  five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State  University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep  transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs  that require thousands of current service members either to leave the  service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could  align their bodies and gender identities,” the AP reported.

“We   determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the   ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair   barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender   personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve  components,” the commission stated.

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