Pentagon may relent to mental illness in a uniform

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Bradley/Chelsea ManningA military watchdog is watching today for a possible announcement from the Pentagon about transgenders serving in the U.S. armed forces.

The coming announcement comes after months of debate and controversy, which began last summer when President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce he was reversing the Obama-era policy that allowed troops to serve openly as transgenders.

The announcement reportedly caught the Pentagon off guard, but work began to implement the order only to be blocked by federal courts, which was yet another controversy since Trump was merely reversing a previous White House executive order.

Trump tweet on transgendersMattis announced last fall that a panel was being organized to examine the issue and also announced that transgendered troops would not be booted from the service while a policy was being debated.

Transgenders went to court to fight Trump's decision, meanwhile, and a court order forced the Pentagon to begin allowing transgender recruits to join beginning Jan. 1.

Human Rights Campaign, the homosexual-rights lobbying group, defines transgender as people whose "gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth."  


The less-ideological dictionary definition of transgender is a person whose "gender identity" differs from their sex at birth, according to Webster's Dictionary.

The American Psychological Association was classifying the mental disorder as "gender identity disorder" until it was pressured by homosexual rights groups to change the term to "gender dysphoria" in 2013. 

The rate of suicide among transgenders hovers at 40 percent, meanwhile, and the APA refused to drop the term entirely from its list of mental disorders to ensure transgenders get medical help they need.  

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is scheduled to have lunch with the President and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House today and an announcement is expected after that meeting.

Transgender dudettes in militaryElaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness says it's not certain if an announcement is coming as soon as today nor what the decision will be.

Meanwhile, she adds, what the Trump administration should appeal its federal court losses to the U.S. Supreme Court, reminding that judicial body about the first three articles of the U.S. Constitution/

"Article I and II are the elected branches of the government. Congress and the president make policy for the military," she says. "Article III is about the judiciary and the judiciary has no power to make policy for the military."

Trump and his defense secretary need to base their policy on fact-based recommendation that "reflect science and common sense," says Donnelly, not pressure from homosexual-rights ideology. 

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