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Trans-genders in the Military

As time continues, things that we found unusual and unrealistic have become normal and not such a burden to us. The military has been a key role on moving forward with many of these hush hush discussions many try to sweep under the rug. Now that the military is allowing openly gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual personnel into the military, there should be no reason for them to discriminate on trans-gender personnel who are trying to serve their country. In order for us to go forward with my statement I need you all to be opened minded. We all have an opinion but in the end it’s up to us to make the change for our future.
The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) era was a time when homosexuals where not allowed to be who they where without getting in trouble. The term was coined after President Bill Clinton in 1993 signed a law (consisting of statue, regulations, and policy memoranda) directing that military personal could not openly be a homosexual in the military (Britannica, 2015). In order for Clinton to win his seat in the white House he needed his sponsors to support him and having openly gays in the military was not something they wanted. Even though Clinton was for it he had to satisfy his supporters. After many discussions and fights back and forth Clinton finally came to an agreement that homosexuals could join the military but not be opened about it. Many officers were overwhelmingly opposed to that approach, fearing that the mere presence of homosexuals in the armed forces would undermine morale (Dunham, 2011). After many years of people getting discharged for openly being gay the Obama Administration finally decided to reevaluate the policy and began a study. After much studying into the behavior and the outcome people would have about having homosexuals working openly, many of the studies showed some negativity but overall was over turned on Sept. 20, 2011 due to the fact that 70 percent of service members that where surveyed believed that ending the policy would have mixed, positive, or no impact in the work field (Dunham, 2011).
After the DADT policy was changed the next question was, “What about those that want to get married? Will they be able to marry the one they love?” The Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as between a man and a woman and outlawed federal benefits for same-sex couples. That all changed in June 26, 2013 when the Marriage Defense Act was changed and the center piece of the new policy would grant administrative leave to military personnel to travel to wed if where they are based did not allow same-sex marriage (Shane, 2013). If you lived overseas and where in the military you were authorized 10 free days of leave to go back to the states and get married in a state that allowed it, and if you lived in the states you where given 5-7 days of leave travel to a state that would allow same-sex marriage. Several personnel where outraged that same-sex couples where given that many days to go get married, but if you think about it when you are in an opposite-sex- marriage you are allowed to get married anywhere without any questions asked. So you tell me if you couldn’t get married in the area you lived in, that you wouldn’t take the free leave they gave you to be with the one you loved? I’m pretty sure you would take it. From experience when I was getting married and the policy was overturned I had to do the research and train my leaders to show what regulation and what type of paperwork was needed in order to allow same-sex marriage couples to get married. For years many couples only wished to be married to the one they love, but due to recent change that wish has been granted and many couples are now locking their vows.
Now that I have given you the history of how homosexuals and same-sex marriage has been over turned I will now finish with the studies on how trans-gender personnel should be allowed to enlist into their branch of choice. Equality is defined as the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in equality, degree, value, rank, or ability (Dictionary, 2015). We can’t achieve equality until everyone is granted the same benefits and discrimination is done. The change to make equality started during president Truman time with the civil rights movement and executive order 9981 (Schwartz, 2015), and this became the starting point for the change that first allowed female cadets to enlist. Over time integration led to allowing more females into the service, allowing African Americans into the service and then taking out DADT, to then allowing same-sex marriage. It isn’t hard to understand that the military has been the key role on how we think about certain groups. Several magazines and newspapers have talked about having trans-genders join the military. Implementing policies that allow transgender people to serve is not rocket science; at least 12 countries have policies in place allowing transgender personnel to serve (Somashekhar, 2014). Some of these countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Their policies state that trans-genders can serve the branch they chose and have been in placed for more than a decade. Israel, a country where military readiness always comes before everything else, does not consider being a trans-gender a disqualifying condition (Bender, 2014). So if other countries are allowing trans-genders to be in their military, then the Armed Forces should take the next step towards allowing trans-genders to serve. If we are trying to reach equality for all then we need to be aware that we need to include everyone.
As the LGBT communities continue to gain much respect many changes are sure to follow. Every time there is a change in a policy the military leads the way and proves to the rest of the United States that change isn’t bad. After they changed the policies to allow openly gay service members, allow same-sex marriage and hopefully the follow of trans-genders being allowed in the military equality should be reached. After they finally change the policy to allow trans-genders serving in the military, I think it will just be like allowing openly gay’s personnel serve. They will then just realize that they are the same people that work to the left and to the right of us who can do the same job as us with no problem. By following our brother countries we can all live a happy life and live to the full definition of equality.

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1.) Bender, Jennifer (October 21, 2014). Transgende Troops in other Nations are Inclusive Militaries Work. Huffington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/transgender-military-ban_n_6017564.html
This article talks about the other countries that allow transgenders into their military and do not discriminate. It comes down to educating military brass on transgender issues, the speakers said. And treating people with dignity. And shower curtains. If other worlds can show that equality is okay then I see why the states doesn’t change either. 2.) Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT). (2015). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1553878/Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell-DADT
The encyclopedia talks about the transformation and the reaction towards don’t ask don’t tell. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), byname for the former official U.S. policy regarding the service of homosexuals in the military. The term was coined after Pres. Bill Clinton in 1993 signed a law (consisting of statute, regulations, and policy memoranda) directing that military personnel “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue, and don’t harass.” When it went into effect on October 1, 1993, the policy theoretically lifted a ban on homosexual service that had been instituted during World War II, though in effect it continued a statutory ban. In December 2010 both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to repeal the policy, and Pres. Barack Obama signed the legislation on December 22. The policy officially ended on September 20, 2011.” 3.) Dunham, Will (Set. 20, 2011). Obama hails end of U.S military restrictions on gays. Retrieved from: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/us-usa-gays-military-idUSTRE78J3WP20110920
This article talks about how the Obama administration decided to look over allowing gays into the military and allowing them to serve. Today, the discriminatory law known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is finally and formally repealed," Obama said in a statement. "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. 4.) Equality. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved March 10, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/equality
This lets me define the word that I am using in order for the reader to understand what I am talking about and how I am trying to make the word relate to my paper.

5.) Schwartz, Felicia (Feb. 23, 2015). Military May Allow Openly Transgender Personnel. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved form: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-may-allow-openly-transgender-personnel-1424739209
His article talks about how trans-genders are being looked at and how they shouldn’t be discriminated because of what or who they are. The attention to the military transgender ban is part of a renewed focus on such issues from the White House this year. Mr. Obama gave a nod to transgender rights in his State of the Union address in January, and national security adviser Susan Rice identified transgender equality as a national security priority when laying out the administration’s 2015 agenda. 6.) Shane, Leo (August 14,2013). DOD announces full benefits to married same-sex couples. Stars and Strips. Retrieved from: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/dod-announces-full-benefits-to-married-same-sex-couples-1.235284.
This article talks about the benefits that same sex marriages will be getting while in the military. Pentagon officials announced Wednesday that the DOD will provide marriage benefits to same-sex couples for the first time, giving gay spouses access to health care, housing allowances and family separation pay. 7.) Somashekhar, Sandhya (October 14, 2014). Tansgender military members in a precarious position. The Washington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transgender-military-members-are-in-a-precarious-position/2014/10/27/38204fd6-5870-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html
This article talk about the struggles and difficulties transgender personnel will have and how other countries are allowing it and not discriminating.…...

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