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posted Friday, March 21 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 12
Panel says Department of Defense regulations banning Transgender military service are outdated
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Panel says Department of Defense regulations banning Transgender military service are outdated

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The United States should join other nations that allow Transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission, led by a former U.S. surgeon general, said in a report released last week, that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls 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University, said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep Transgender people out of the military are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures and other changes that could align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.

The White House on Thursday referred questions to the Department of Defense.

'At this time there are no plans to change the department's policy and regulations which do not allow Transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military,' said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a defense department spokesman.

The report says that while scholars have yet to find government documents explaining the basis for the ban, which has existed in medical fitness standards and conduct codes since the 1960s, it appears rooted in part in the psychiatric establishment's long-held consensus, since revised, that people who identity with a gender different from the one assigned at birth suffer from a mental disorder.

The ban also was apparently based on the assumption that providing hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgeries would be too difficult, disruptive and expensive. But the commission rejected those notions as inconsistent with modern medical practice and the scope of health care services routinely provided to non-Transgender military personnel.

The panel's work was commissioned by the Palm Center, a think tank based at San Francisco State that is funded in part by a $1.3 million grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire and former Army lieutenant colonel who came out as Transgender last year.

At least a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, England and Israel, allow Transgender military personnel. Transgender rights advocates have been lobbying the Pentagon to revisit the blanket ban in the U.S. since Congress in 2010 repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' the law that barred Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual individuals from openly serving in the military.

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