Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Research on military trans ban shows urgency of Biden acting on pledge
--From a press release by The Palm Center
2021-01-14

This article shared 822 times since Thu Jan 14, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


President-elect Joseph Biden has promised to reverse the military's ban on service by transgender Americans on "day one" of his presidency. Research recently released by the Palm Center explains why lifting the ban is an urgent priority for military readiness, and how it can be done in under thirty days. This memo contains highlights from this research, as well as additional background information.

Highlights from two recent Palm Center reports include:

- The ban can be reversed in under thirty days through executive action. A 2020 Palm Center memo explains that everything needed for fully inclusive service "already exists in current military guidance" because DoD had to leave guidance in place to govern grandfathered transgender troops. As a result, even as it reinstated a ban on most transgender individuals, DoD "left all the necessary breadcrumbs to mark the way back to inclusive service." Congress is not needed to change the policy.

- The current ban harms military readiness. A 2020 report co-authored by three former military Surgeons General along with Palm Center scholars assessed the impact of the ban and found that it "compromis[ed] recruitment, reputation, retention, unit cohesion, morale, medical care, and good order and discipline."

Key Developments

- June 30, 2016: DoD under President Obama ends ban on transgender service members.

- July 26, 2017: President Trump tweets that DoD will reinstate a ban on transgender service.

- March 23, 2018: President Trump accepts a plan from then-Defense Secretary James Mattis targeting all 14,700 transgender troops for service restrictions, but court injunctions block the ban from being implemented.

- January 22, 2019: Supreme Court grants the administration's request to allow reinstatement of ban, while legal challenges continue.

- March 12, 2019: DoD issues DTM 19-004, the regulation implementing the ban, which classifies transgender people's need to transition as a "deficiency" and a "defect."

- April 12, 2019: Trump ban goes into effect. At least four court challenges are ongoing.

By the Numbers

- 14,700 transgender troops currently serve in the Active Component and Reserves, according to Palm Center analysis of DoD figures.

- According to DoD, 1,400 troops were grandfathered (exempted) from the ban.

- The financial costs of transition-related care do not justify a ban. DoD reported that the total cost of transition-related care was about $3 million per year over almost three years of inclusive policy, which is less than a hundredth of one percent of DoD's annual health care budget, and far lower than the $41.6 million the military spends each year on Viagra.

- The VA has estimated that, if it were to provide comprehensive, gender-confirming medical care for transgender veterans, the financial cost would be roughly $6 million per year over a three-year period, which is less than a hundredth of one percent of the VA's annual medical budget.

What the Ban Does

- As this Palm Center memo explains, the current policy functions as a full ban on transgender Americans by making their service impossible or uniquely burdensome. The ban affects not only aspiring troops but all 14,700 currently serving transgender troops, whether or not they have been grandfathered.

- Thousands of current service members who were not grandfathered are prohibited from transitioning gender, forcing them to give up their identity as a condition of service, and making transgender troops the only military personnel denied their statutory entitlement to proper medical care.

- Even those troops who were grandfathered are affected by the ban, as they must endure the stigma of serving as an exception to the rule, stamping them as inferior, one basis for standing in multiple lawsuits.

Public and Military Opinion

- Both the American public and the military community support inclusive service. Polls of the general population show that the American public favors inclusion, with a Palm Center polling average support level, based on six major polls, of 67%. Likewise, a majority of military personnel surveyed in a recent, Pentagon-funded study—66%—also support allowing transgender service.

- All five military Chiefs of Staff testified that inclusive policy, which was in effect for nearly three years between June 2016 and April 2019, caused no readiness issues, with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (then-Army CoS) reporting "precisely zero" problems resulting from inclusion.

Research showing there is no valid rationale for the ban

- A 55-page report by retired military Surgeons General found that the Trump ban's rationale for exclusion "is contradicted by ample evidence clearly demonstrating that transition-related care is effective, that transgender personnel… are deployable and medically fit, that inclusive policy has not compromised cohesion and instead promotes readiness, and that the financial costs of inclusion are not high." It also found that banning transgender troops "harms readiness through forced dishonesty, double standards, wasted talent, and barriers to adequate care."

- The nation's major medical and mental health organizations have repudiated the administration's rationale for the transgender ban, with the American Medical Association stating that "there is no medically valid reason" to ban transgender troops, and the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association rejecting any medical rationale for a ban.

- Nearly three years of inclusive policy were successful, with DoD data confirming that hundreds of transgender troops have deployed to combat zones. Eighteen foreign militaries allow transgender troops to serve, and none has reported any compromise to readiness.

About The Palm Center

The Palm Center is an independent, non-partisan research institute that conducts scholarly analysis of U.S. military personnel policy, with an emphasis on LGBT populations. Our research has been published in leading scholarly journals and our expert analysis is regularly covered in all forms of media worldwide. In providing clear explanations of key data and developments in our reports, memos, statements, op-eds, blog, and social media, we serve as a trusted resource for journalists, policymakers, service members, scholars, students, and the public. For more information, visit www.palmcenter.org and follow us on Twitter @ThePalmCenter.


This article shared 822 times since Thu Jan 14, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NATIONAL More trans deaths, bullied teen, Manhunt, trans writer, Biden
2021-04-18
A Black transgender woman in Missouri was shot to death—and investigators swiftly tracked down a suspect they believe shot her after meeting on an online dating website, LGBTQ Nation reported. Dominique Lucious was found dead April ...


Gay News

WORLD Peru items, Kenya, UK government, Poland city
2021-04-18
The first lesbian elected to Peru's Congress promised to put up a "strong battle" for LGBTQ+ rights in the South American nation as two social conservatives go head to head for a presidential run-off vote in ...


Gay News

Poll: Most Americans oppose anti-trans laws
2021-04-18
A new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll showed that two-thirds of U.S. residents oppose laws that would limit transgender rights, PBS reported. About one half of one percent of U.S. adults are transgender, according to a recent Gallup ...


Gay News

Everytown for Gun Safety groups respond to police shooting of Adam Toledo
2021-04-16
--From a press release - The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, released the following statement responding to the video and subsequent reports of the fatal police shooting ...


Gay News

Equality Florida, HRC condemn Florida House passage of trans sports ban
2021-04-15
--From a press release - Tallahassee, FL - The Florida House has voted 77-40 to ban transgender girls from playing sports alongside their peers. The vote comes just hours after transgender students and advocates held a press conference in the Florida ...


Gay News

Simmons moves to gather data on how COVID-19 has harmed LGBTQ+ communities
2021-04-15
--From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — To better determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed LGBTQIA+ communities in Illinois, State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of an Illinois Senate committee Thursday that ...


Gay News

Illinois Latino Agenda issues statement on shooting of Adam Toledo
2021-04-15
--From a press release - On March 29, 2021, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer. Since the shooting, there have been different narratives formed of who Adam Toledo was. Various media have made allegations saying ...


Gay News

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia theme announced
2021-04-15
--From a collective press release - LGBTQI+ networks from around the world have announced the theme for this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: "Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!" We are inspired by this very ...


Gay News

Decriminalization of HIV approved in Judiciary-Criminal Committee
2021-04-14
--From a Illinois HIV Action Alliance press release - SPRINGFIELD — Today, the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee voted 18-0 to approve House Bill 1063 HA1, which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH). Under current law, PLWH face the threat of arrest, ...


Gay News

Groups respond to death of queer refugee after attack on Kenyan camp
2021-04-14
LGBTQ+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya have had to deal with a series of homophobic attacks by other residents and locals—and, now, one individual has passed away after an arson-related attack in ...


Gay News

Bennett, Noriega named to Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
2021-04-13
On April 13, Gov. JB Pritzker announced appointments in his administration—including noted LGBTQ Chicagoans Jim Bennett and Mona Noriega to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Bennett currently serves ...


Gay News

Illinois first state to extend Medicaid postpartum benefits to 12 months
2021-04-13
Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Illinois is the first state in the nation to extend full Medicaid benefits from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, following the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approval ...


Gay News

LGBT media to boycott Georgia
2021-04-12
--From a press release - The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation, passed a resolution banning meeting in the state of Georgia. The nation's largest LGBT media association today resolved to not ...


Gay News

WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes
2021-04-11
Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...


Gay News

NATIONAL College items, Easter rally, mental-health study, Chuck Schumer
2021-04-11
The NCAA LGBTQ OneTeam—a group of NCAA-trained facilitators at colleges across the country—published an open letter condemning the actions taken by 28 states across the country to introduce, pass and ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.