LGBTQ Soldiers May Be Allowed to Transfer From States That Don’t Affirm Their Identities – Opinion

For those with a gender identity, the Army’s open arms may soon widen.

America’s fighting forces were once hard-nosed. But these days, they’d like to be known for something softer.

Military.com reports that the U.S. Army has been considering an administrative modification to end discrimination.

The Army is circulating a draft policy tweak that would specify that soldiers can request to move if they feel state or local laws discriminate against them…

One area of prejudice purportedly pummeled by the potential policy: “gender.”

Per the outlet, such change could “be one of the most progressive policies for the force amid a growing wave of local anti-LGBTQ…laws in conservative-leaning states, where the Army does most of its business.”

This policy would allow soldiers to state that some states are too homophobic or sexist to permit them to live in safety and comfort.

A second reason to transfer is pregnancy.

According to sources, the new guidance would tell commanders they could use compassionate assignment to expel troops from discriminatory duty stations.

For obstetrics

It’s unclear whether the Army’s inclusion of pregnancy on the list would protect reproductive care for soldiers if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Here are some statistics about soldiers who struggle under the Rainbow umbrella.

Rand Corp. found that about 6% are homosexual or bisexual, and only 1% of them are transgender/nonbinary. Those number are likely low, given that the survey was conducted only four years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and before transgender troops could serve openly. The newest generation of troops called Gen Z, which is the newest, has a higher likelihood to identify themselves as LGBTQ.

The American military has undoubtedly evolved over the last year.

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Military.com has heard from multiple veterans advocates and Defense Department sources that the military is considering similar policies. However, it’s unclear how far these discussions have progressed.

The closest to a direct challenge from a service to the rise of potentially discriminatory policies coming out of state legislatures occurred in April, when the Air and Space Force vowed to provide medical and legal resources to troops who are impacted by laws “being proposed and passed in states across America that may affect LGBTQ Airmen, Guardians, and/or their LGBTQ dependents in different ways,” according to a press release from those services.

States all across the nation are working to address issues related to sex identity and gender sex. Recently, we’ve seen Florida’s Parental Rights bill as well as various legislation banning males from female sports.

Speaking to Military.com, Jacob Thomas — communications director for “progressive veterans” group Common Defense — talked weaponry amid the war:

“What we’re seeing across the board is a small group of elected officials who are trying to politicize and weaponize LGBTQ identities in despicable ways. They’re not only doing that to our youth, but the collateral damage is hurting our service members. [Troops] can’t be forced to live in places where they aren’t seen as fully human.”

It’s a new day. Subordination is gone from schools, businesses and the military. In the past those who were above could tell you exactly what happened. Anymore, there’s unprecedented Power to the People.

It includes those who are birthing, nonbinary and those whose Neo-Pronouns permit them to be All That Bunself Could Be.

Even so, here’s a question: What will enlistees do when they’re sent to other countries whose laws are even less affirming than America’s?

-ALEX

 

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