Let’s take a look at the terrible news things this week.
In Transgender Military Ban news, we have a lot going on.
It looks like Trump is congratulating himself on the new policy he created banning transgender active duty soldiers form the military.
“I have great respect for the community… I think I’ve had great support, or I’ve had great support from that community. I got a lot of votes. But the transgender the military‘s working on it now… It’s been a very difficult situation and I think I’m doing a lot of people a favor by coming out and just saying it. As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military, it’s been a very confusing issue for the military, and I think I’m doing the military a great favor.”
We’ve learned his own lawyers counseled him against the policy, and more than 50 members of congress sent a letter asking the Department of Defense to defy the ban.
It looks like the US Navy Secretary might take them up on it. He’s doing some typical DoD language here. He’s saying he’ll follow policy if the Pentagon puts it out. That’s some serious if’s when there are arguments that it’s probably not constitutional. He also made it clear that transgender people should be allowed to serve by saying,
“any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.”
There is a new study that says it will cost around $960 million to dump all active duty transgender soldiers out of the military.
Five active duty service members are suing over the ban on transgender folks in the military.
Here’s an op-ed with Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, elaborating on his refusal to “break faith” with transgender service members under his command.
In other infuriating news, we have a story that a transgender woman, and her husband had their breaks cut in an attempted murder event while working at Amazon. They were subjected to all sorts of harassment over her being trans. They are suing for workplace discrimination.
A man in Florida was shot, and killed, defending his gay friends. The murderer was let out without bond. . . That is horrific.
The Duggar’s are continuing their anti-transgender agenda. 28-year-old Derick Dillard, married to one of the Duggar daughters, and with their own reality TV show. Because we need more reality TV about these people? He’s been attacking 16-year-old Jazz Jennings about being transgender. He’s a grown ass man attacking a kid. Nice Christian ethics there. There is no reference to being transgender in the bibles, and I don’t remember a sermon where Jesus told his followers to go attack children.
Lastly, to close I’d like to link to a good article that discusses how toxic masculinity fuels transgender victimization. If you have a few minutes, it’s a really good read.
thanks for linking that article, I had no idea ‘trans panic’ was still a defence!
It’s amazing it still is.
In Australia we have one state left and weirdly in one of two states that allow you to change gender without surgery and it was the first state to decriminlise homosexuality so why this is still a thing in this state is rather weird. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-22/sa-becomes-last-state-to-allow-gay-panic-defence/8376948
I find Australia’s take on LGBT things kind of mind boggling, sometimes.
The same sex marrigae debate left a big scar on the LGBTI people and no one got hammered harder than the trans and non binary folk. The bigots took all the internalised fear of the unknown and made trans people into gender bending monsters that were going to steal your children. It should never of happened. HAd the survey been done with the electoral commsion non of the add on TV or the junk mail would have been allowed.
You see its illegal and prosecutable offence in a votes run by the electrol commision to promolgate matrial that is unfactual or just down right lies and the penalties aren’t light. I truly believe that it was a calculated move by the right faction in the liberal party to have the ABS run the survey so all the bigotry could be unleashed and unchecked.
We should have never have had that survey, All the polling of the last 10 years followed the results. 62% of us didn’t care who you married just make sure you invite us! Parliment should have just reverted the law back to 2 people.
It’s not over yet we have to fight off the arseholes from unwinding the anti discrimination laws…all in the name of religious freedom so you don;t have to sell cakes to gay weddings if its against your beliefs. Currently you can be prosecuted under the discrimination act for doing exactly that. how much longer i dont know…
I have no doubt this has left a big scar on the community. I hope the fight is quick, and people can get on with their lives. It’s all so ridiculous to think marrying someone should somehow be up to debate.