ransgender people are on peak of the news agenda– back again. What’s the big trouble this time? Donald Trump tweeted today the United States government will not “accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity from the U.S. Military. Our army must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot burdened with the enormous medical costs and the disturbance that transgender from the army could involve”.
He signed it off with a “Thank you”. What a nice chap.
Even the American Civil Liberties Union has responsed, stating that the thousand of trans service members deserve better from their commander-in-chief. Surely, lots of people will probably be going to sleep tonight across the United States and stationed around the world wondering if they still are employed.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) July 26, 2017
But apart from the fact that this coverage is morally wrong and harks back to racial segregation in the united states and — until very recently — the ban on openly gay people working in both US and British militaries, it’s also incredibly ignorant. And, I suspect, nearly impossible to apply, which at least places it in good company with Trump’s other marginal policies — see the incredibly unpopular ‘Muslim prohibit’.
Is hardcore supporters will enjoy it, obviously. Transgender people have nearly come to symbolise what is described in some quarters as “political correctness gone crazy” but what I would call offering people basic human admiration.
Around the planet, for years, countless trans people are quietly living their own lives in peace without causing anybody any problems at all.
I Have Observed trans people blamed for all sorts of things; in the patriarchy to male violence towards women, as well as the Growth of Trump
ive years ago most people didn’t even know that we existed. However, time and again, we’re now used as punch bags; painted as a difficulty; a ‘disturbance’ – since Trump himself placed it.
As writer Shon Faye pointed out: “trans men and women are ‘too inconvenient’ and ‘too costly’ – what message does this send to countless other institutions and businesses”?
Almost half of all trans-gender students in the united kingdom have tried suicide. Study after study demonstrates that trans children in america are vulnerable to suicide. Yet this is a problem rarely talked about, just the imagined problems the trans community induces everyone else are habituated loudly. I would say what a joke but it’s barely funny.
However, all of the evidence shows that, given proper support, trans men and women are able to produce happy, healthy and productive lives — and also make a significant contribution to the rest of society. And that includes as members of the armed forces.
— CNN International (@cnni) July 26, 2017
Eet my good friend Ayla Holdom. She is a hero. She now works for the police, but once I met her a few years ago she had been busy saving lives from the RAF. They had been backed her during her transition. It was not a huge thing. As she published at the Observer at the time:
“People are usually surprised when I tell them I listened from the RAF, imagining days past when people such as myself could have been discharged. Now, that could not be farther from reality… My transition barely caused a raised brow. I had support once I needed it was expected to do my job and that I had been evaluated professionally, maybe not on the grounds of my sex or my heritage.”
Over the last few decades, I’ve observed trans people blamed for all sorts of things; from the patriarchy to male violence towards women, as well as the growth of Trump.
His endeavor to prohibit trans people from the US army will only add fuel to this fire. We desperately need to take steps to place it all out.