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The Courage of Transgender Soldiers (NY Times Op-Ed)
The New York Times ^ | FEB. 21, 2014 | Julia Baird

Posted on 02/22/2014 6:46:14 PM PST by Salman

SYDNEY, Australia — IT was 2 a.m., just a few days before Christmas, in a remote part of Afghanistan. Eight hours into a 16-hour shift, Ryan, a 23-year-old American naval sailor, was standing tense and alert, watching the footage of soldiers undertaking a nearby mission on a screen in front of him.

Suddenly, a hand clapped onto his back. Wheeling around to look at the face of his senior officer, Ryan knew the moment he had feared had come: His superiors had found out that his enlisted paperwork described him as female. Within three hours, he was on a plane.

Ryan, who is now stationed on a base in the United States awaiting a potential discharge, recently described that day to me. Ryan is the name his mother would have given him if he had been identified as male at birth. He does not want to reveal his real name because his case is being processed by the military.

While the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2011 meant gays and lesbians could serve openly in the American military, transgender people still cannot, because the military defines gender nonconformity as a psychological disorder. So transgender soldiers serve in silence, facing dismissal if exposed.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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... the military defines gender nonconformity as a psychological disorder. ...

Like that definition is a military peculiarity?

1 posted on 02/22/2014 6:46:14 PM PST by Salman
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To: Salman

“I think child molesters are very brave” — NYT editorial circa 2024


2 posted on 02/22/2014 6:55:52 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Salman

3 posted on 02/22/2014 6:55:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Salman

the military

The military has effectively drummed out the first Chief of staff:

“At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. [Frederick Gotthold] Enslin of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy.

“His Excellency the Commander in Chief [George Washington] approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parad


4 posted on 02/22/2014 7:07:16 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Salman

I’m so tired of having this lunacy shoved down our throats.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 7:10:58 PM PST by skeeter
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Stories like this prove further that homosexuality is a mental disease.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 7:14:25 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Salman

Telling a man that he is a woman because he thinks that he was born the wrong gender is akin to giving a funny hat and a sword to a man that believes that he’s Napoleon and telling him that if he invades Russia he’ll feel better about himself.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 7:17:06 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Salman

Homosexuality is also a psychological disorder.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 7:27:36 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“Just plain” homo used to be a disqualification from the military, too.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 7:30:59 PM PST by Salman
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To: Salman

It’s a man Baby


10 posted on 02/22/2014 7:32:20 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Salman
The Courage of Transgender Soldiers.

There...fixed it.

11 posted on 02/22/2014 7:37:25 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!)
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To: Salman; sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; originofstrength; NFHale; Perdogg; GeronL; ...
Oh look it must be the next "thing". Tranny soldiers! Seriously?

What would George Washington think?


12 posted on 02/22/2014 7:41:21 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Correct. There is no such thing as a transgendered person. They do not exist. There are poor lost souls who are so confused that they cannot see themselves. They want to be somebody else, literally. They reject themselves. Likely they have experienced a profound rejection and cannot respond normally to Eros. How sad is that? The Torah provides a way out of this confusion. The reach of the Moshiach is adequate for those who trust in HaShem. As David said, “This poor man cried out to the L-rd and the L-rd heard him and brought him up out of a horrible pit.” With G-d nothing shall be impossible.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 7:46:19 PM PST by Torahman (Remember the Maccabees!)
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The purpose of the military is not to make outliers feel good about themselves, or to advance anyone’s career (although of course careerists use it that way.)

The purpose of the military is to deter attack and win wars. Period. There are standards of conduct with regard to personnel, civilians, and the enemy, but no one has the RIGHT to join the military.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 7:49:57 PM PST by heartwood
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His superiors had found out that his enlisted paperwork described him as female. Within three hours, he was on a plane.

Um, ewwww.

15 posted on 02/22/2014 7:58:20 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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how did this thing ever pass the physical then???
16 posted on 02/22/2014 8:05:16 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Salman

Aren’t most women in the military fairly masculine anyway? I doubt that this soldier looked much different from any other females.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 8:10:28 PM PST by Burkean (.)
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Hmm..this...’person’ decided to lie when they entered the military....and hopefully didn’t lie too much afterward....exactly how high of a security clearance did it have? This is the sort of delusion our leaders live under- that our military can reflect our degraded and dying civilization and still operate effectively.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 8:12:48 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: daniel1212

So, the first Democrat?


19 posted on 02/22/2014 8:13:36 PM PST by Clioman
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To: Salman

Crazy is the new normal.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 8:13:39 PM PST by petitfour
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