The Transgender Push for Equality Begins
From the Huffington Post:
As the combat exclusion for women comes to an end and open service for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans edges closer to truly equal service, it becomes more and more obvious that there is no longer any rational basis on which to bar qualified transgender people from serving in our armed forces…
If “valor knows no gender” …and if men and women really can be accommodated simultaneously under close combat conditions without a negative impact on war-fighting ability, then there is no reason other than prejudice for the transgender exclusion to remain.
The author, Allyson D. Robinson of the homosexual military advocacy group OutServe-SLDN, uses familiar phrases to justify his argument:
Transgender people…have served in America’s armed forces from the start. Today thousands wear our nation’s uniform and fight our nation’s wars…
They must hide who they are to serve the country they love…
Many of our nation’s closest allies have already adapted their policies, and…transgender people today serve openly and with honor.
Studies show that transgender people are more likely than their fellow citizens to serve in the military — perhaps twice as likely.
Robinson’s logic is ultimately correct. He bases his argument on the premise that if a nation is going to allow — even support — people in the military service regardless of their “sexuality,” upon what “rational basis” does the nation stop at homosexuality? The repeal of DADT has long been known to be a “slippery slope.” Robinson is just trying to give a little nudge for transsexuals — though its only the latest one.
Who’s up next?