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Why the Transgender Military Ban Makes Sense
In a recent memo from the White House this past Friday evening, military policy now restricts transgendered individuals from military service, with few exceptions. While called ‘transphobic’, the policy might actually make sense.
Following up on his twitter blast from last year, it appears that the transgender military ban has gone through the proper channels. It was announced yesterday, Friday March 23rd, that the U.S. military will ban transgendered individuals from military service, with few exceptions.
The memorandum already has its critics, ranging from LGBTQ advocacy groups to congressional representatives, who consider the order to be unfairly discriminatory. But when looking at the health of transgender people on average, it becomes more understandable why a ban should be implemented.
One alarming statistic in the transgender community is an abnormally high suicide rate. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, the transgender community as a whole has a 41% attempted suicide rate, compared to the 4.6% average of the general U.S. population.
Comparing this with the already high suicide rate in the U.S. military, doesn’t exactly bode well for transgender military members. Transgender people are likely to have a variety of physical and mental ailments as well.
The same research from the AFSP and Williams Institute shows between 55-65% of the trans community have some sort of disability, and CDC research shows trans-people often have problems with obesity, depression, and cognitive issues.
Now of course, this data leaves us a lot to process. The root cause(s) for these statistics is unclear; exactly how much of this can be attributed to transgenderism itself (or gender dysphoria, the clinical term), remains to be proven. It also shouldn’t be used to devalue the military service that has already been provided by transgender people in previous administrations.
But given the physical and mental strength that the military demands, and the risk factors service members already face, it should be clearer that this ban is not made spitefully. It should instead be seen a policy made in response to general, verifiable trends in the community, in place until a time when these issues are better understood and rectified.
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