Following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, soldiers who have had sex-change operations want a repeal of a similar ban barring them from serving openly. That “transgendered” designation also encompasses cross-dressers.
Arguing for a slippery slope is a logical fallacy, but it wasn’t hard to see this development following on the heels of the DADT repeal. The rapid politicizing of the armed forces under the Obama administration is astounding.
So far, the administration is playing coy, as reported in the Washington Times:
A White House spokesman declined to provide Mr. Obama’s position on transgenders in the military, referring a reporter to the Pentagon.
“Transgender and transsexual individuals are not permitted to join the military services,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez. “The repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will have no effect on these policies.”
The SLDN says “transgender” is commonly identified as an umbrella term for “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.”
Transgenders are not banned by law, but rather by a Defense Department instruction, “Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment or Induction in the Military Service.”
It lists scores of medical conditions that make one ineligible, including: “Current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.”
It’s getting to the point where cracking down on any type of sexual “acting out” will be deemed discriminatory at the least and a hate crime at the most.