Imagine Chaz Bono in Army fatigues. The transgender community says that neither he nor any other American who has undergone a sex change should be excluded from serving in the armed forces, especially after last week’s repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
“Transgender people,” which not only includes transsexuals, like Bono, but also cross-dressers, “are denied the ability to join the armed forces as a result of various discriminatory policies,” states the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), on its website.
“Not only is this unjust to individual transgender people who wish to serve their country through military service,” it maintains, “it weakens our national defense by barring qualified people from duty.”
Former Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Rebecca Grant has become the poster girl, of sorts, for the transgender community’s effort to put transsexuals and cross dresses on equal footing with heterosexuals and homosexuals in the military.
Grant enlisted as man more than 10 years ago, before deciding to become a woman a couple years ago. The staff sergeant was exposed by a fellow service member last year and was discharged from the military just before repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell.
Grant has joined with the Fairness Campaign, an organization promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, to educate the public about transsexualism, in hope that the ban on transgender military service eventually will be lifted.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post