NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment…
A transgender woman was found stabbed and beaten to death in her Massachusetts home on Friday evening. Her husband has been charged with her murder. Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien becomes the first known transgender person to be killed in 2018, according to GLAAD, an LGBT-rights organization…. from Raw Story http://ift.tt/2mdapJH via
A friend made a good point yesterday, and here’s what he said on Facebook:
“Everyone is upset Trump blocked trans people from enlisting. I agree he did it as a political move to spite the LGBT and appease the right. Examples include:
- Any history of depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
- Any history of mood altering medication (including for ADHD)
- Any dietary allergy
- Any history of using a psychiatrist for more than six months
- Color blindness
- Pretty much any condition which requires regular medication.
The sad truth is that the psych requirements already ban most trans people, as well as a large portion of my feed who take any sort of medication. I agree Trump is doing this just to screw trans people, but in all honesty they were screwed before this anyway.” — Joe
And Joe isn’t wrong.. Being transgender is an alienating experience, and a dangerous one. The only statistic higher than our murder rate, is the number of trans people that enlist compared to cisgender individuals; we’re brave.
Stay brave friends, because this is only a speed bump, on a long road.
USA — Wednesday morning, “after consultation with [his] Generals and military experts”, President Donald J. Trump announced via Twitter that “transgender individuals” will no longer be accepted or allowed “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The ban comes after a discussion in the US Government about transgender medical costs and the inclusion of such costs in the Obama-era military budget.
Trump continues with the reasoning for the ban stating, “our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”
However, a 2016 RAND study commissioned by the Pentagon itself contradicts the President’s reasoning, finding that the medical costs for transgender military members would be an “exceedingly small portion of active-component health care expenditures.”
By analyzing private health insurance data on gender transition-related expenditures, (such as hormone therapy or surgical treatment, for instance), researchers found that Military Health System costs could increase by $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year if it were extended to cover the costs of the estimated 1,320 to 6,630 transgender people in the military. This amount pales in comparison to the Department of Defense’s $49.3 billion health care expenditures in 2014, for example, and would represent between 0.005% to 0.017% of the department’s overall health care costs, according to the study.
Overall, the study estimated that only 29–129 service members would seek gender transition–related care per year, and 30 to 140 personnel would seek hormone therapy. Another 25 to 130 personnel would seek surgical treatment. — via Fortune.com
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