By Tim Fitzsimons and Associated Press
A historic first of five decorated transgender members was reported to the Military Staff Subcommittee of the Armed Services of the House. It has been proved that maintaining Trump's Presidential ban on transgender would have a detrimental effect on military skill and death.
In his opening statement, Vice-President Jackie Speier, D-Calif, said that retaining President Trump's "transgender military ban" is "a return to" a difficult paranoia ", not to ask.
Anthony Brown, D-Md. His representative echoed Speier's mood, saying that the Trump government's demand for transgender troops to serve as biological sex means: "You are a transgender and only if you are not temporary can you serve as & # 39; ask, don't say & # 39; & # 39;
Before the Subcommittee, the Navy cmdr. Blake Dremann, Army Captain Alivia Stehlik, Army Captain Jennifer Peace, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King and Naval Officer Akira Wyatt. Together they painted a military image that already widely supports transgender and other LGBTQ teams.
All of them testified that their transition had little impact on military preparedness, unit cohesion, or death – all the key arguments President Trump uses as supporters of the prohibition of transgender military service.
"What is the value of transgender people in the army? Based on my first experience as a combat armed officer and medical service provider, the answer is clearly that my transition – and so many others – drastically increased the skill and death of all branches by" armed forces "- he said. Stehlik, who returned a month ago from a deployment in Afghanistan, where he treated the soldiers as a physiotherapist.
According to a Reuters / Ipsos poll published on Wednesday, 59 percent of respondents said that transgender teams should be open and only 24 percent said they should not be openly served.
James N. Stewart, a retired air force, currently serving as Minister of Personnel and Skills Defense, defended the Trump government's policy, which is currently blocked by litigation.
He said that current transgender troops should continue to serve, and other transgender people can join the soldier when they are in biological sex and have not been diagnosed with sexual dysphoria, which means people are in trouble if they are not identified by birth.
"This is not a ban on transgender individuals," Stewart emphasized.
The change between Brown Brown and Stewart accelerated when Stewart suggested "we would provide a place of residence compared to another group" before Brown had interrupted.
"I heard about a special accommodation, the same thing about African Americans when they wanted to join the army in an integrated army in 1948," said Brown, who was black.
Then Stewart insisted that transgender people could serve if they had not yet crossed over. Brown replied, "You are a transgender, and only if you are not temporary, you can serve – it is like" don't ask, don't say. "
"So, this conversation," well, don't ask transgender men, we're just going to gender dysfunction, "and when someone turns to this, they can't afford to get into the soldier – that's a problem."
Military leaders testified before the Congress last year, saying there was no problem with transgender troops in terms of morality and unity. The five transgender armies, who said on Wednesday, said their medical transitions lasted from four weeks to four months and most of them were done in their own time. All were suitable for later installation. It was said that the recovery of pregnancy and shoulder surgery is much longer.
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