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Panel urges end to ban on transgender troops



Published: Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO

The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on President Barack Obama to lift it.

The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align their bodies and gender identities.

“We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve components,” said the commission led by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who served as surgeon general during Bill Clinton’s first term as president, and Rear Adm. Alan Steinman, a former chief health and safety director for the Coast Guard.


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1michael1757(282 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

So if I wear a skirt for a few days,& say I'm a woman,I could shower with the girls? Now where are my stockings! hahaha

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Sure, lift the ban and then put all the freaks on the FRONT LINES!

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3dontbeafool(1039 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe that is what they signed up for, to fight for their country. Something that a lot of people aren't willing to do, are/were you?

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