Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Am So Surprised!

Who would have ever thought that this would be coming next?  From the September 28, 2011 Washington Times:
With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.
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The SLDN says “transgender” is commonly identified as an umbrella term for “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.”
Transgenders are not banned by law, but rather by a Defense Department instruction, “Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment or Induction in the Military Service.”
It lists scores of medical conditions that make one ineligible, including: “Current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.”
 Is Chas Bono too old to join up?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's a question that's been rattling around in my brain for a couple of weeks now. Desultory web research has not provided an answer.

Who were the advocates of women and gays in the military? I have a suspicion that for the most part, they have not been advocates of a strong American military. (Although I know there have been military women and gays who seem to have honestly advocated giving the widest range of people the opportunity to serve.)

I sense that all along, the driving question has been, How can we justify equal opportunity employment in the military for women and gays, rather than, Does mounting the strongest national defense require enlisting them?

Obviously, I think the hidden question has been, how can we weaken and destabilize military forces?

I don't expect you, sir, to do any research on the topic, but if you have any idea off the top of your head, I'd be interested to hear it.

Clayton said...

1. Military personnel who did not want to keep living a lie. I have enormous sympathy and respect for people who were prepared to join or stay in the military while having to hide their preferences. That's a pretty major commitment to military service.

2. People who wanted the military to put its stamp of approval on homosexuality--the same motivation that drove much of the demand for same-sex marriage, from people who had no real interest in marriage.

3. I am sure that there were people intent on weakening our military in this way. I rather doubt that it will have the effect that they expected.

Anonymous said...

"Stamp of approval"

Thank you!

Exactly the kind of insight I was looking for; that would never have occurred to me.

And, yes, insofar as anyone might have planned a weakening of the military, I'm sure they're very disappointed. I meant to say.

Alan said...

What the heck does "gender-queer people" mean?

People like who are traumatized by their own chromosomes and think that they can change gender with an extreme makeover of genitalia and chest size are too emotionally screwed up for military service.

Rorschach said...

And thanks to the removal of Homsexuality from the DSM, that cannot be used to ban homosexuals, and when pedophilia is removed from the next DSM then Katie bar the door...