[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University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align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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