Transgender Discrimination in the Military is a Crime


By Alisa Patience

The best thing about America is that we have the freedom to do nearly anything we want, as long as we pay our taxes. If we want to go to college and become successful business people, we can. If we want to spend our lives “wrong” part-time and do nothing but watch movies with our free time, we can. If we want to dedicate our lives to fighting for our country’s values, we can. These are the freedoms that have been promised to us.

A percentage of the population is being stripped of one of those freedoms. Seeing that Donald Trump is most famous for firing people on television, we shouldn’t have been surprised when he fired 1.2 million people with a couple of tweets.

Donald Trump, the man masquerading as the President of the United States, has announced that transgender citizens are banned from joining the military. “Our Military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory, and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he tweeted.

This is a crime. The timing of this tweet is not at all surprising. It was posted a little before the vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which by the way was voted against. I wouldn’t be surprised if the tweet was meant to distracts citizens from the vote as well as begin this discriminatory process. Two birds with one tweet.

A pro-war president like Trump should want as many people joining the military as possible. Since the beginning of war itself the military has been glorified, and as long as I can remember there have been commercials on television showing that serving your country is the most honorable thing a person can do. Anyone should be allowed to have this honor.

Transgender people are not a burden, financially or otherwise. Anyone who actually wants to give their lives for our country would be an asset, not a burden. The subject that has been debated since Barrack Obama announced that transgender people may openly serve is whether or not taxpayer dollars would pay for the medical transitions for transgender members of the military. Instead of figuring out an actual solution to this issue, President Donald McRonald decided to not deal with it and ban transgender members altogether, like a true coward who can’t make the actual helpful decisions that a leader should.

As far as finances go, I would prefer my taxes go towards a transgender persons medical bills than toward a bunch of weapons that aren’t necessary or used.

On Facebook, I have seen exactly one member of the military post about how inconvenient and annoying it is to have to sit through discussions on how to treat transgender members. If your biggest problem with transgender people being in the military with you is that you have to sit through an annoying lecture, then I’d say that’s pitiful, and anyone who fights for this country should be patient and understanding enough to deal with it.

During an emergency, I don’t care who is saving me. I don’t care about their race, gender identity or sex; I only care that they are there. I don’t care who is defending and spreading my freedoms.

It is disturbing to me that the individuals running our country are so painfully unaware of their bigotry, discriminatory behavior and transphobia. Their distaste or hatred for so many groups of citizens make them the leaders of a small subset of the United States, as opposed to the whole of the American population.