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Apr 5th 2018 by TonyLund • 18 Questions • 18 Points
Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the proposed ban on open military service by transgender people in August 2017, following President Trump’s tweets in July announcing imposition of the ban, and, in late August, issuance of a proposed implementation plan.
Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN represent nine individual plaintiffs who are all transgender – six currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Services and three individuals who wish to enlist – and three organizational plaintiffs, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and American Military Partner Association (AMPA). The State of Washington joined the lawsuit last November.
EDIT: Thanks everyone for your thoughtful questions and support! It's now 2:15PM and we're signing off. Keep up on the case updates at Lambda Legal's Twitter: @lambdalegal
How does the transition between genders affect your deployment status? Are you still able to deploy while undergoing gender reassignment?
I mean... to each his own... but would you trust anybody who puts tropical Bromeliaceae berries onto their meat and cheese pie with your children?? ...exactly.
This is a really big misconception. Anybody who starts a new medication (including hormones) is non-deployable for 90 days. After that, you go back to deployable status.
If you have any type of surgery, then your non-deployable time depends on how long it takes you to recover from your surgery, and what your doctor recommends.
In short, it isn't as big a deal as people make it out to be.
Thank you for your service.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about transgendered service members?
There are several. Look at this thread. 😜
- That we're mentally unstable.
- That it's a cosmetic thing and not medically-necessary.
- That we're unsure of who we "really" are.
- That being trans at all impacts our ability to do our jobs.
Vets and trans are the two most likely groups to commit suicide what are your thoughts on allowing someone to be both?
The reality is these aren't two different groups. There are already transgender service members and transgender veterans. The question is if we're really going to leave them out to dry.
Thank you for your service. However do you think your presence and lawsuit compromises unit cohesion? For instance do fellow soldiers roll their eyes when teased by others for being part of “that persons” platoon...company...even battalion?
The biggest response I've gotten from other soldiers specifically asking about the lawsuit is "Wait, can you do that?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
I know my first Sergeant has rolled his eyes a couple of times. But the fact that this is going on doesn't make me a "problem soldier". And I think that's what most everybody is concerned about. The first question is "can you do that?" and the second question is "well, is she still doing her job?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
Any medical care I receive, whether it's transition-related or not, is part of what I earn by being a service member, just like any other service member.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge of being a trans woman in the military that the majority might not face or understand?
And as someone who does not live in the U.S., how can I help from afar?
The words "tremendous burden" from the initial tweet still ring in my ears. The weight of knowing that attitude is so persistent is, well, tremendous.
What's been one of the biggest challenges you've faced while being a beacon of hope for so many of us transgender service members? Have you faced any difficulties that you did not expect to face?
The biggest challenge and the one I least expected is that there would be so much of the military trying to distract me from my job of soldiering, by focusing on my status as trans, instead of just letting it be.
Everybody seems to think that it's a distraction, when in reality the conversation about whether I'm distracted from my duties is what is distracting.