Skip to comments.Pentagon recognizes transgender service members for first time in 'symbolic' move for LGBT community
Posted on 05/16/2013 8:17:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The Pentagon for the first time has officially recognized transgender service members in a significant step being hailed by the LGBT community.
The acknowledgement came in the form of a letter to veteran and transgender activist Autumn Sandeen confirming that the Navy had updated its records to show she is a woman.
While still a long way from open transgender service in the military, OutServe-SLDN, an organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members and their families labeled the move 'symbolic.'
The letter from the Navy official, dated May 2, read: 'Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.'
Sandeen's military identification card now reflects the change.
'The fact that a process exists [to change the gender listed] indicates that there are people in the Department of Defense who are aware of the needs of transgender retirees and who are working to see those needs met,' OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson told BuzzFeed.
'And, in that sense, the significance of this symbolic act for our broader work and for our goal of open service becomes I think a little bit more apparent.'
Gay, lesbian and bisexual service members have been able to serve openly in the military since September 2011, however if transgender people try to do the same they continue to be discharged, according to Buzzfeed....
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Worse yet, I can’t see a future Republican administration daring to reverse this ridiculous decision.
Perhaps if I was in the military, then decided I was a dog, they would change the official record to show that indeed, Fido was manning surface to air missiles.
How long until dog trainers start marrying their dogs?
I’m sick to my stomach too, vet.
I never served in the military, sadly I am just not cut out for it. However, I have the utmost respect and love for the men and women who do and have done so.
I know that these are better people than me, and if not for their efforts and sacrifices, I could not live the life that I have lived and enjoyed.
To see this government of ours, which I have no respect for whatsoever, staining our armed forces with their social experiment crapola makes me want to cry.
God bless the United States armed forces.
They never reverse anything: The Federal Reserve, Social Security, minimum wage, Medicare, welfare, food stamps, EPA, OSHA, and the list goes on and on.
The military isn’t for everybody. I was an intelligence analyst, not a Green Beret, SEAL or infantryman. I don’t know if I’d been able to do those things.
Just as soon as they approve spousal benefits for K9's.........about a month.
Hate to say it, but this country is done. What kind of military is this?
yup- recognize htem right on the heels of the latest scandal showing how homoseuxauls raping non homosexuals has risen i nthe military to near epidemic proportions- Well doen pentagon-
You can’t change your sex.
It’s a mental disorder and needs to be treated as such, not coddled. Can we make it another three years with this guy?
Think of the pardons he’ll make in his last week in office.
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My dad being in WWII and losing his brother in it was upset that Carter pardoned those who avoided the draft in Vietnam (which was very popular at the time) , he (Dad) is lucky to not have lived to see this day.
Our military is dying the death of a thousand cuts.
All according to plan...
Hey, look at the bright side.
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase
“Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!”