The Navy has decided to go against the Trump administration's transgender military ban, and granted the first waiver for openly transgender people to join.
“The acting secretary of the Navy has approved a specific request for exemption related to military service by transgender persons and persons with gender dysphoria,” Navy spokeswoman Lt. Brittany Stephens said.
“This service member requested a waiver to serve in their preferred gender, to include obtaining a gender marker change in Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and being allowed to adhere to standards associated with their preferred gender, such as uniforms and grooming,” she added.
The Pentagon’s current transgender policy went into effect in April 2019 after courts lifted the last of the injunctions that had been blocking the policy.
At least five lawsuits against the policy have been filed, one of which was filed in March on behalf of a Navy officer identified only as Jane Doe.
Lawyers for Doe said Friday she was the sailor granted the waiver, adding the government was due to file its response to the suit next week.
"While we are relieved that our client, a highly qualified naval officer, will be able to continue her service, there are other equally qualified transgender service members who have sought waivers and are still in limbo, despite being perfectly fit to serve,” Jennifer Levi, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders transgender rights project director, said. “Dedicated military service members shouldn't have to bring a lawsuit to be able to continue doing their job."
I find this interesting and laughable. Gender dysphoria is literally considered a mental disorder. People with pre-existing mental illness are not, and should not, be allowed to join the military. It is already a mentally demanding job. If you can't handle normal life and accepting your biological gender then you should not be out on the battlefield where fellow American soldiers' lives are on the line.
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