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Why the Trans Military Ban Should Matter to Everyone

Why the Trans Military Ban Should Matter to Everyone


Last week the Supreme Court of the United
States allowed Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military to take effect
while its legality is decided in lower courts. Now, as it happens I know trans people in
the U.S. military who stand to be affected by this. I also know trans veterans who would have
been affected by this, only they aren’t in the military any longer. I’m sure the same is true for some of you
– you know trans people who are or were in the military who will be affected by the
ban, or who at least feel very close to it. Some of you, I’m quite certain, are even
closer to it than that because you are a trans person who is currently serving in the military,
or who previously served, or who thought they might want to join at some point in the future. But even if you aren’t a trans person who’s
serving or has previously served in the military, or a cis person who knows trans people who
are serving or have served, even if you don’t have any trans people you personally know
or care about (to your knowledge), even if you’ve never had anything to do with the
American military, and even if you have no particular interest in civil rights or social
justice issues, this ban on trans people serving in the armed forces should bother the hell
out of you. Why? I will try to explain. The first thing I’d like to propose is that
along with everything else it is, serving in the military is a job. We Americans have an unfortunate tendency
to sanctify the military and look upon people who join the military as heroes following
a noble calling, but the truth is in many cases people who enlist in the military do
so because it’s the best career opportunity available to them. Service in the military allows you to learn
new skills that will potentially be very useful to you once you return to civilian life. Service in the military makes it easier to
pay for college. Service in the military enables you to travel
to places you might never have seen otherwise. If you were born to a family living on a low-income,
enlisting in the military can improve your prospects of pursuing a post-high-school education,
getting a well paying job, and seeing the world in ways almost nothing else can. People enlist for more than just economic
reasons – according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations released last year, most
recruits are from middle class neighborhoods – but even so, if you are a person from
a poor neighborhood who wants to improve your economic situation, the military is a better
bet than most. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, it’s
a bet that trans people may no longer be able to make. Put more simply, it’s a job – and from
a certain point of view, a pretty good job – trans people may no longer be able to
get. And the reason that should matter to you,
no matter who you are, is that there is no just or practical reason for it. And if one group of people can be legally
discriminated against for no good reason, so can any other group, maybe even a group
you’re a member of. Also, there’s this thing called empathy. Allowing trans people to serve openly – which
prior to the ban they’ve been able to do for a few years now – hasn’t harmed the
military. And there’s no reason why anyone should
have expected it to. Sure, there are aspects of a trans person’s
life that cis people will probably never experience, but nothing, generally speaking, that prevents
a trans person from serving just as effectively as a cis person. We can say this with confidence because there
are currently thousands of trans Americans serving in the military on active duty, and
thousands more who serve in the reserve or guard forces. And while it is only recently that trans people
have been able to serve openly, they, like gays and lesbians, have been a part of the
ranks since long before they were officially acknowledged and welcomed. A 2014 survey by the Williams Institute at
UCLA School of Law estimated that over 20% of the transgender population in the United
States has served in the military at some point. If that seems high, it is – the same survey
estimated that just over 10% of the total adult population in the U.S. has served in
the military. So a trans American is over twice as likely
to have served in the military as an average American. But that’s not the best reason to believe
that allowing trans people to serve hasn’t harmed the military. The best reason, as I see it, is that the
military itself came to the exact same conclusion. In 2016 the Department of Defense commissioned
a study from the RAND Corporation, a think tank that does research for the armed forces. The study examined the potential impact of
allowing trans people to serve openly in the military and concluded that the impact of
paying for transition-related health care would be negligible, and found no evidence
to suggest that allowing trans people to serve openly would have a negative impact on “the
operational effectiveness, operational readiness, or cohesion of the force.” The RAND report was published in May 2016. In June, the Secretary of Defense ended the
ban on transgender service members, effective immediately. When President Trump reinstated the ban just
over a year later, he declared (in a tweet, naturally) that the military “cannot be
burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” associated with trans people
serving openly, but cited no evidence whatsoever to back up his opinion. History and empirical study suggest that there
is no legitimate reason to keep trans people from openly serving in the military. Their unique health care needs are not a burden
to the system, their presence does not reduce effectiveness or cohesion, and there is nothing
about being trans that renders a person automatically less fit to be a member of the armed forces. The main argument used by those in favor of
the trans military ban to justify their position is not only unsupported by history or facts,
it’s also not unique to the question of trans service. “Allowing trans people to serve openly will
reduce military effectiveness and unit cohesion,” President Trump and other supporters of the
ban now say. In the 1940s, those in favor of continuing
racial segregation in the American military made the same argument. “Allowing Black troops to serve in the same
units with white troops will reduce effectiveness and unit cohesion.” They were wrong. In the 1990s, those in favor of maintaining
the ban on gay people serving in the military said that allowing gays and lesbians to serve
would reduce effectiveness and unit cohesion.” They were wrong. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, the
same thing was said about allowing women to serve in combat roles. They were wrong, too. “The goal of the military is to protect
our country, not a huge social experiment.” That’s a quote from Neil Parrott, my district’s
representative in the Maryland House of Delegates. Parott is a small-minded, proudly bigoted
man. I’m embarrassed to be represented by him. I find him contemptible. He’s also not terribly creative. He’s merely regurgitating an argument people
like him have been making against any and all attempts to address social inequality
and injustice in the military: the armed forces are not the place for social experimentation. The existence of trans people is not a social
experiment. It is a reality. It has been a reality for as long as human
beings have existed. Trans people are a normal and natural part
of the population. Being trans is simply one of many possible
ways of being human. And most challenges faced by trans people
are not the inevitable result of their being trans, but are caused by how they are misjudged
and mistreated by society. There are about 1.4 million trans people living
in the United States. They’re entitled to the same rights and
opportunities as cis people. That includes serving in the military, something
that approximately 20% of trans Americans have already done despite the fact that they’ve
only been able to do so openly since 2016. I mentioned at the beginning of this video
that we Americans have a habit of being overly reverent toward military veterans. That’s a bad thing because those feelings
are easy to exploit – politicians can persuade us to support this or that candidate or policy
if they can convince us that it’s what’s best for the troops. But I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t respect
the troops at all. They deserve everything they’ve been promised
and a little more. They deserve fair wages. They deserve health care. They deserve an education. Of course, I think everyone else deserves
those things, too, but that’s beside the point. Those who have served honorably in the armed
forces deserve our respect. They deserve to be treated fairly and justly. That goes for all of them, including those
who are trans. If you claim to support the people of the
American military but you don’t support the trans Americans who serve, have served,
or might serve one day, then what you’re really saying is that your support only extends
so far as your prejudice will allow it to. And that’s pathetic. Shame on you. If you believe in honoring veterans, then
stand up now and join those of us who believe in honoring all veterans who served honorably,
and all those who are currently serving with honor in the United States military, regardless
of their gender identity. Write a blog article, make a video, write
a letter to the editor of your local paper, contact your member of Congress and your senators
– use your voice and let people know you oppose the trans military ban and you believe
military service and the opportunities it affords should be open trans people. Don’t let the bigotry and ignorance of a
few erase the contributions and deny the humanity of trans members of the military or of any
trans people.


Reader Comments

  1. Hey Steve, i'm a recent subscriber and I've recently come to the left, I'm transgender and have considered serving in the military! Thank you for making this video, I'll show this one to my dad, maybe it'll change his mind!

  2. Thank you for the video. This is sadly a tactic used by the ignorant over and over to deny members of society different than themselves.

  3. most people in the military i know (and its alot because i live near a base) honestly dont care if you are gay, straight, trans, or whatever….they simply just care about if you can do your job when it needs doing be that eliminating threats or whatever….its a you have my back i have yours thing….when you are getting shot at all you care about is if the person next to you is capable of returning fire

  4. Steve- ok good, you saw the Rand paper. I don't even believe in the theoreticals of transsexuality but the Rand people say that it allows us to recruit the right people for some very tricky jobs. Good enough for me.

  5. I have a friend who was in the military. He served before his transition, and loved it. He considered them his family because his blood family wasn’t the most accepting. He left for a while (for a reason I don’t know. He didn’t tell me) When he came back, he came out to his Sargent (I think that’s what they’re called??) or whoever was in charge of his platoon. His Sargent basically said to him he has to leave or serve like he did. He left. After that, no one from his platoon talked to him again. He said how he felt he lost his family and felt so alone, and also he was pretty depressed because being in the military was his plan for his future. It just pisses me off so much knowing that people can ruin someone’s life and just get away with it.

  6. 2:59 — YES! “…not that how you’re personally affected should be the only thing that matters to you…”

  7. Did you notice that, in the picture of Dampnuts holding the gay flag, it's upside down? Also, whoever gave him the flag, wrote their message on it upside down. What's up with that? The red stripe goes on top, not on bottom.

  8. It’s a catch-22! Until we decide legality, it’s in effect- [some time later] we can’t dispute legality because it’s already in effect. What are the odds they’ll do just that?!

  9. What's really a disruption to military readiness is firing a huge chunk of our military personnel!!! it's almost like he's doing this on purpose to weaken our ability to fight or defend ourselves.

  10. Trans people serve in the military so much because often times it's one of the best ways out of a bad home life and parents who hate and reject them. A lot of trans people blow up their entire lives when they come out and the military and the opportunities that offers is one of the best ways for them to get away from their home life or off the streets if they were kicked out and into the real world to start being self-sufficient and living their lives.

  11. I find myself saying this on a daily basis now: think of all the misery heaped on so many people in this country (especially marginalized groups) that could have been so easily avoided if people had taken the 2016 election seriously. This is a disaster that will affect us for the rest of our lives (even is we get the White House and Senate back). A little fucking foresight and a little fucking effort and Steve wouldn't have had to make a video like this.

  12. wait, wut?
    transgender Americans serve in the military at x2.5 more than cis Americans? oh…
    maybe we should openly recruit more trans people, if they're a better fit for military service.
    I'm a cis male and still learning.

  13. Thank you, Steve. I served, I welcome anyone to come test my Combat Effectiveness… Anytime and anywhere. Even though I'm an old trans vet, I still got a few tricks up my sleeve. Also people forget that after serving in World War 2, Christine Jorgensen was the first open and visible Transwoman to get gender confirmation surgery… And that was prior to the 50s! Hell even Ed Wood made a movie kinda based on her life. Then you have Kristin Beck, the Warrior Princess herself. She was one of the Seals responsible for the end of Osama! She wrote a book and Hell has a film about her transition. We aren't anything new. At all. Even the Vikings had transpeople in their ranks. Hell most of the books that Nazi Germany burnt were books on Gender & Sexuality Studies that focused on what we'd call Trans or Nonbinary people today and their history. There was a lot lost in WW2! More than some are willing to admit. What's more humorous because of lack of troops their considering pushing the Draft on Cisgender Women now. Sure woman can serve but men were always forced to register for the draft… Now women are… But y'know not if you're Trans? It's ridiculous. You ever wanna talk more on this topic I'm always up and willing

  14. Most of you probably don't need me to tell you this, but for the few of you who do: people who comment "being trans is a mental illness" or something to that effect will be banned forever. It's a bullshit argument, and it's derogatory toward trans people and people with mental illness. Fuck off with that shit.

  15. Removing highly trained military personnel reduces our readiness. It makes sense that Trump banned them on orders from Moscow….also trans people should have the right to get their heads blown off for their country like anyone else.

  16. I am waiting for the punchline!

    Please, I need it!
    Why does everything I get to know about the USA make me hate it a little more?
    How is anyone in the world still able to talk about western values?
    How can such an uncivilized nation claim to be "great" or even "modern"?

    Wait does "great" in America mean something else than in the rest of the world; does it maybe mean "the same as 100 years ago"?

  17. It's worth mentioning there are still many Americans who haven't accepted the fact that women now serve in all branches of the armed forces. Our current defense secretary Jim Mattis is one of them.

  18. The military trans ban, so far as I'm concerned, is yet one more attempt by the Trump – Pence administration to relegate sexuality to the simplistic either/or choice of male or female with no recognition of any form of alternative sexuality or sexual identity. Make no mistake, this comes straight out of fundamentalist and/or Dominionist Christianity and its close association with Trump and Pence both.

    As for being a social experiment, the US military has mostly been ahead of the curve regarding such "experiments," whether de jure or de facto, regarding both race and sexuality. Whether sanctioned or not, the LGBT community has been a part of the military for as long as the military has existed. To those who are discomfited by this fact, I have a simple message: GET USED TO IT!

  19. I don't understand why gay or trans people in the military is and was such a hot button issue. It seems to me that if gays and trans teachers, boy/girl scout leaders and even gay marriage so forth that society has been publicly shunned in the past can be overcome then this should be as well.
    I served in the US Army BEFORE the days of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy started back in the early 90s, (I'm not gay myself so that tells you something) and I knew other soldiers were gay and were subsequently discharged when their lifestyle was exposed. I didn't think any less of them beforehand and I didn't afterwards either But I did think that these soldiers, who were just doing their jobs AS soldiers, got the short end of the stick just for being who they were born to be

  20. As a matter of political liberalism, in support of a tolerant inclusive society, equality under the law and all that, this is appalling. As a progressive, I also find it appalling that anyone would sign up for an imperialistic military, one that doesnt even respect its own soldiers mental or physical health, merely used as a killing tool for corporate powers, and then discarded.

  21. A long time ago, during the controversy over gays in the military, Barry Goldwater said, "You don't have to BE straight to SHOOT straight!"

  22. And what about the historical examples of women who pretended to be men in order to join the military, and whose service to their country was exemplary?

  23. You're really underselling how valuable enlistment is as an option. Military enlistment is an escape ladder from poverty for most folks but especially for the LGBTQ community. You pointed out that most enlistees are middle-class but that's not really relevant here since folks like us get disowned regardless of family's wealth. When we out ourselves we're often throwing ourselves straight into the pit of poverty. The military offers a steady paycheck, healthcare, skill training, and a secondary education. Quite frankly that's an amazing deal and if it weren't for the fact that you're risking your life and strengthening american imperial hegemony most twenty-somethings today would be going into it, not just poor queers who just got kicked out of their homes and into the pit of poverty. Housing and hiring discrimination is rampant but the miltiary (at least a few years ago anyways) doesn't kick you out of your home or fire you for just existing.

    Anybody left of center who is on their phone making posts about howt this is actually a good thing because "blah blah blah imperialism" can go screw themselves because as long as they have a bed to sleep in and a phone to use they're in no position to judge.

  24. Please don't misunderstand me, and try not to be irritated at me for this.

    This is OBVIOUSLY wrong on principle, and it is OBVIOUSLY motivated by ignorance, fear, bigotry. It also sets a terrible precedent, namely that discrimination against trans people is fair-game in america.

    I oppose it for those reasons.

    HOWEVER, I have mixed feelings about this IN PRACTICE. I literally HATE the US military, as an institution. I am vehemently opposed to just about everything it does, and even the very existence of "the military" as we know it. I am honestly not inclined to be all that sympathetic to anyone who is IN the military and gets mistreated BY the military. Yes, I understand that people have different operative pressures in their lives, and the "poverty draft" is certainly a thing, but I just can't see willingly becoming part of an institution that is globally destructive and hegemonic, responsible for mass murder all over the world, no matter how much money you offer me. These are compensated mercenaries, an armed enforcement class if neo-liberal capitalism, and anyone of ANY rank in ANY branch is necessarily complicit in atrocities.

    The practical effect of this ban is fewer trans people (and therefor fewer people) going oversees and killing brown people for the sake of american economic hegemony and imperialism. For these reasons, I have a really hard time with the idea of advocating for more trans military people to exist, for more trans people to get in on the killing and dying.

    I'm conflicted about what I can/should/must do or say about this very specific issue. If there is a trans person, in the military, reading this, and you think I have neglected something important (like, can they retroactively snatch up your pension after you've already served?), PLEASE point it out. I am not just open to having my mind changed, I don't even think my mind is properly made up on this matter. I AM against the ban on principle, and in the context of the real world that we really live in, I am against it for the aforementioned precedent that it sets. I'm just not sure if I am comfortable shouting from the rooftops about it. It's the god damn military. I'm an anarchist, and any working-class trans person is welcome in my worker's militia. Just please, whoever you are, DON'T join the US military. Don't become a cop either. Come home alive.

  25. While I understand with many leftists who agree that the military is bad, I cannot disagree with the transfolk who join it because it may be a viable way to getting surgery and criticizing the individuals for joining a corrupt system is like the Matt Bors comic where maga dudebro was “owning” a peasant for existing
    Transfolk are our sisters and brothers and non-binary sibsters and we should support them!

  26. As long as trans people don't require higher levels of cost for additional health care, then as citizens as long as they meet the requirements – they should be able to serve.
    Trump wouldn't know unit cohesion if it hit him in his Orange FAce.

  27. "Also, there's this thing called empathy." — As a person who had to stay in the closet the whole time I was in the Air Force and once came very close to being unintentionally outed by a friend who didn't realize the guy at the next table was one of my coworkers, I just have to say thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

  28. Thank you for this video Steve.

    I'm the mom of a transgender teenager. While he's never expressed any interest in serving, this ban still upsets him (and me) a lot.

    It's just one more way he sees that, in the eyes of the government at least, he's not equal to everyone else.

    It's disgusting.

  29. I recently found your channel thanks to "Trek, Actually" but your non-Trek content made me a subscriber. Keep it up, I dig what you're doing.

  30. For reference, in case anyone's wondering, I can't speak for t-blockers and estrogen, but I know for a fact that testosterone for HRT is dirt cheap. Like, £1/day cheap.

  31. I thought you were just a commentator on Star Trek. This video popped up on my recommended videos. I watch many lectures and such on YouTube, and when I clicked on this video, I totally didn't expect to see you! Thanks for making this video. I am a former radio station owner and an engineer I worked with is transgender, also one of my best friends from high school is transgender. Looking forward to exploring some of your other content which I didn't even know existed.

  32. I served 4 years in the Army and seen the flaws of "don't ask don't tell". Since then I have grown to feel that no one has the right to tell someone that they are not able to defend their homeland because of their gender preference. Most people who are against trans people have never even served in the military. I feel that anyone able and willing to defend our great nation should be able to, without question. I mean these are volunteers in a military that takes nothing but volunteers, so for those who talk shit without any service, you need to shut the fuck up. For those who serve or have served and are against trans in the military, think of it like this: if you ever get stuck in a fight and you need help, you won't care who the fuck it is; all you'll care about is getting that help. America we must wake up and don't allow Trump to destroy our home. He's already weakened our intelligence services, the economy and is reeking havoc on the environment. Don't let him weaken the military too

  33. The somewhat higher percentage of bigots in the military population might create a cohesion problem whenever anyone who's "too different" joins a unit…sure. But then you order them to get over it, and they get over it. Why? Because that's what good, properly-trained soldiers/sailors do.

  34. Thanks for trying. It's sweet of you.

    I don't think anybody who doesn't agree will see this as anything but extremist social justice propaganda, unfortunately. We really are unpersons to most (if not all) who feel comfortable with this policy.

  35. I remember back in the 1990s when people made these same arguments about gays in the military. The common argument back then was that under fire, in actual combat, the problems with unit cohesion would be deadly, and that was why we couldn't allow gays in the military.

    It just so happened that around that time, I knew 3 different veterans of 3 different age categories from 3 different wars who served with openly gay men in actual combat: one in the Korean War, one in Vietnam, and another in one of Reagan's military adventures in Central America. All 3 of them didn't have a problem with serving with a gay man in actual combat, and in fact, all of them made the same joke about it ("At least I could count on him watching my ass").

    The bottom line is this: the "unit cohesion" argument stopped carrying weight with military people around the time racial integration was finally carried out in earnest (long after Truman gave the order to integrate). Military folk just don't give a damn if someone is gay or trans or white or black. They only care if everyone is doing their job correctly because that is what makes the difference between life and death for someone in combat. Military people figured out a long time ago that things like skin color or sexual preference means jack squat with regard whether or not someone can perform their role in combat correctly, and the latter is all that matters to getting everyone home in one piece.

  36. This matters because trans rights are human rights. If rights can be taken away from one group than no group is safe from loosing rights. Human rights absolutist

  37. Stuff like this makes me scream. Our military should reflect our country…. diverse and unique. If it causes "problems" then find a way to solve it. There should be no shame or downside to being who you are here.

  38. Spot on with this message. I am a Transgender Vet and it is so very sad to see our community used as a tool to get votes!

  39. I'm thinking the only reason why this is such a big deal is politics, plain and simple. If there was ever a major shooting war If there ever was a major invasion of the US mainland, those attitudes would change very quickly.

  40. As I've said so many times before:

    If MY rights can be voted on (or trampled on), YOURS can be, as well. This ban of transgender folk from the military is wrong, it's evil, and is only for one thing: to dehumanize people like me.

  41. I support your empathy and do agree service should be based on the individual and not the group but i'm dissapointed with your comment that you're not willing to acknowledge the struggles that exist within the trans community. Suicide rates are substantial in the community, higher than segrated Black communities in the 1950s–showomg it's not just a result of discrimination.

    Gender dysphoria exists and it's a shame that there's such a stigma attached to the word "disorder" but it is a real medical condition.

  42. Thanks for this. I agree and in my personal experience, all that matters is you do your job, and are a good troop. IEDs don't give a shit who your gender identity is and as long as you can make the cut, let's get back to the mission. I don't care if a troop needs a hormone treatment for their post transition treatment; we have troops in service with hepatitis, diabetes, and other manageable medical needs. Let's not limit the pool of applicants for service and let trans person's contribute to national defense.

  43. Fraternization is just discouraged, so maybe people should stop justifying being pissed off that somebody whose fav and appearance and their GENETALIA should stop being politically demonized to justify their hate crimes.

  44. The real issue, as everyone knows, is that they want to attack trans people any way they have the power to. The arguments are just distractions, and don't have to make sense.

  45. All I can say into this is a quote from my favorite Trek novel, 'My Enemy, My Ally' by Diane Duane.

    'Of the Chief Parts of the Ruling Passion, only this can truly be said.

    'Hate has a reason for everything, but Love is unreasonable.' 😢

  46. Stunted brain: trans people shouldn't be allowed to serve in the military

    Regular brain: trans people should be allowed to serve in the military

    Galaxy brain: trans people should be happy they are no longer a part of one of the most violent imperialist forces in history

    Universe brain: while I abhor the US military for its role in brutal oppression around the world, I still oppose this ban since it is representative of a widespread crackdown on LGBT+ people as a whole

  47. There is one distinct problem that was not addressed: standards. There are 2 standards in military service in the US, one for males, one for females. If there was only one standard, every point made would be true. As there are 2 standards, which standard are trans soldiers under? It was “male” soldiers follow the male standard, and “female” follow the female standard. Make it one standard, and you either have less fit men or less women in the armed forces. That’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

    Personally, it didn’t matter to me when I was in the Military, it still doesn’t matter to me out. I do believe one standard, include everyone that can meet that standard, is the way to go.

  48. The trans ban is such a BS argument. It's like back when they banned gays in the military because they'd 'disrupt discipline'. I guess they were worried that gay soldiers wouldn't be paying attention when under heavy gunfire because 'sarge is a bit dishy' 🤦🏻‍♂️

  49. There's a bumper sticker with a motto I see those on the hard right are fond of. It can be ironically fired right back at them for this:

    If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

  50. I have no problem with transgender people serving, I do however have a problem with the military being used for political arguments by people who normally wouldn't give two shits about the military, simply put if you never served you have no clue what you're talking about

  51. "Also there's this thing called empathy."
    Thank you!
    Jesus H. Christ, it seems to be something lacking on the Right.

  52. And here I was hoping to join in the future, like my step brothers.

    I guess being trans means that you cant serve your country, Seriously what the hell is going on?!

  53. Last time I checked, anyone who is sitting on their entire fat, mcpick 2 stuffed ass shouldn’t have any say on who is out there risking their lives to fight for freedom. Who you choose to love or be has no bearing on your ability to do a job which is what the military is.

  54. Society as a whole is contradictory. They're not gay/lesbian, but straight, yet we're expected to have at least, "experimented" in college. Otherwise how would we actually know? Yet despite that expectation (thanks, hollywoods' teen-movies!), sorry you're not allowed to defend your country? despite that to many people, there's a certain stereotype for people who serve on navy ships, (to the point that its gotten into pop culture) and so on.

    For Cis and Trans… I have a, theory, if you will. Lets look at colors – Pink and Blue. centuries ago, those were the colors associated with boys and girls. Pink and Blue. you might think, "wait, they still are", but I said boys and girls. Pink and blue. not girls and boys, pink and blue, or boys and girls, blue and pink. I mean Boys: pink and girls: blue. society switched them around. Suddenly boys:pink means gay? In this regard, we are a product of upbringing . Yes, There are those who wont be, nature and nurture as always are not always in line and I'm not saying nurture always wins (where it considered a fight). sometimes, despite being raised as a girl there'll be someone who still thinks of themselves as guys, and vice-versa, or maybe the opposite was true – physically they are one gender, and by adulthood feel they are that gender, but their parents for some reason brought them up as a gender that genetically and/or physically they were not. (Which is happening). I think trans is a adult problem, for men and women, and that when it comes to kids, I don't mean boys and girls, but children. I think aside from 'he' and 'she' (because the gender-neutral 'they' doesn't work grammatically) kids should be raised were they're defined as *kids*, while also aware of their physical gender, and if they want to change it – sorry, wait till you're an adult, because physical gender reassignment is kinda permanent, and done to kids should be classified as abuse at the very least.
    as for, the gay/lesbian stuff.
    I'm straight. I am attracted to women. I don't define myself as bisexual, and therefore certainly not as gay. Yet I have a theory that there is no such thing as a strictly heterosexual or homosexual, that we are all bisexual. otherwise we would find it incredibly difficult to watch porn. think about that a second – if we were strictly heterosexuals, the moment someone of our gender appears in porn, instant turn off. so how is it we guys can watch porn and not be turned off on any scene with a topless guy, or even completely naked and fully hardcore visuals? Imaginging ourselves in the place of that guy can't explain that away either. By this theory then, I should actually say that I am a bisexual person. Yet I've never felt attraction to any guys. so maybe 'bisexual yet strongly at the heterosexual end of the spectrum'. Likewise there are, for both genders, homosexuals who had in the past had heterosexual partnerships. even marriages – it's certainly an overused trope in TV soaps and dramas for a one married person to come home and find their wife in bed with another woman, or even more overused, their husband in bed with another man. Weirdly, I don't think we've ever had a homosexual couple where the opposite happens – that is, say a gay guy comes home to find his gay lover in bed with a woman. Or a lesbian finds her lesbian lover in bed with a man.

    consequently, according to my theory, everyone in every military in the world is bisexual.

    edit: need to learn how youtube formats comments as a large section was bold and I dont know how.

  55. I hate and despise the US military–not the individual people serving in it, mind you, but what it has come to represent in the decades following WWII–but injustice anywhere sickens me.

    I heard one of the tactics activists used to get Homosexuality removed from the DSM and declared to no longer be a mental illness, is they would do things like call into work and basically say that they were just too gay to come to work that day, be all "Sorry boss, but I'm too attracted to Bob in accounting to come in. Guess I'll have to take some sick leave." Maybe people serving in the military need to do something similar, be all, "Sorry, but I can't come in today. I'm too busy identifying with a gender that wasn't assigned to me at birth."

  56. I just discovered this channel a few days ago via the Trek Actually videos. I subscribed based on those alone. This is the first non-Trek video of yours that I have watched and it just reinforces the idea that I made the right decision. Great channel, man. I just followed you on twitter as well.

  57. So what if people can be arbitrarily prevented from going off to fight in the corporate interest? I don't want anyone to join the military. This is the least important trans issue.

  58. You cannot compare 20% of transgender Americans with 10% of overall Adult Americans when they are a part of that population. Twice more likely than whom?

  59. Although I'm not in the military I am Transgender and I wanted to thank you for standing up for us and for bothering to make this video. It was well done and the point was well made. 🙂

  60. While I'm a trans woman and was rejected from the military for other medical reasons (spine injury) thank you so much for this video. To see you also are a seemingly a massive Star Trek fan, this channel just became my favorite on YouTube. Certainly have me hitting the subscribe button. Again, thank you for a voice of reason in what so often for many of us is a verbal sea of negativity.

  61. This would've gotten Cpl Max Klinger sent home from 4077 MASH in Korea like he wanted anyway. Seriously though, in a future call-up situation, there would be no need to get a "bone spurs" note from Dr Feelgod or to run away to Canada to avoid military service. Just say you want to become another gender. Boom! Away you go!

  62. If you can meet the standard for the job, you should be able to serve. Everyone they've said would disrupt the unit, from integration to now, hasn't. People just need to suck less and get over it. Glad I found your channel! Love the star trek stuff!

  63. It should bother the hell out of you if someone cares what hole you are fucking. Anyone who wants equality would prefer no one caring about their genitalia

  64. Probably the most robust argument for denying trans people the right to serve in the military that I am aware of is that trans people on hormone therapy are in a situation roughly analogous to that of a diabetic who requires insulin. That is, they require a particular medical treatment in order to function to their fullest capacity. The argument is based upon the fact that the military requires all personnel to be able to be deployed to remote locations under austere conditions and that people who need specialised medical attention to remain fully-functional cannot be so deployed.

    And the argument has some merit. If a particular trans person is going to suffer – for the sake of argument – crippling depression if their hormone therapy becomes unavailable, clearly they are in the same boat – or at least a relevantly similar boat – as someone who is dependent upon insulin.

    The argument falls apart, however, when you consider that not all trans people are on hormone therapy and not all of those who are would be incapable of service if it were suddenly unavailable. A trans person on hormones is certainly going to prefer that access to this treatment remain available, but they are not going to suddenly slip into a coma.

    While a particular trans person's particular medical situation may justly preclude their deployment and therefore their service, it is simply not the case that all trans people are in that situation. Being trans – in and of itself – cannot therefore be a disqualifying factor for military service.

    The core of a person being trans is that they identify as a gender other than the one their biological sex would suggest. And that, by itself, is not enough to render them unfit for service.

  65. I think trans people shouldn't serve in the military, same with cis people and married people and everyone. The united States is an imperialist capitalist war machine and its actions only hurt trans people. Inclusion is not liberation. The Sanctions and possible war against Venezula will hurt Trans people there, the border, ICE and Prisons, all hurt trans people, police hurt and murder trans people, capitalism hurts trans people. If we want liberation we have to go far beyond these little battles and fight against the big picture. Trans liberation means abolishing capitalism and the United States.

  66. As a Trans woman I just have to say, I freaking love you! And everyone else who stands up for us!!

    Also, I wanted to add, I’m not a veteran or American (I’m British). But things like these set a precedent for the entire world. People see the “leader of the free world” discriminating against Trans, or any other minority, and they feel it gives them license to discriminate against that, or others, group too. People ask why I’m worried about Trump as I’m British. Because it sets precedent. Oh, and yeah. I have friends from, living and working in the states. His hate effects the whole world.

  67. Every American should be treated equally under the law. If you want to put yourself on the front lines to protect the USA, then THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

  68. well down to the core the ban for trans peeps to go into the military is a restriction of freedom, and as a person who has libertarian value, i fight for freedom.

  69. The worst part about this band is that most of the transgender people I know are all fucking Republicans or at least we were so now we have no military no political party, soon no sports, mark my words getting this out of the Olympics is the next up that's going to be coming up

  70. Some reasons for joining the military that I have either experienced or seen (In no particular order) –
    1. Pride/Tradition: They belong to long lineage of service members. OR they are want to be the first in their family to do so.
    2. Financial: You could potentially earn about $6,000 a month AFTER taxes along with free medical/dental and countless other benefits, discounts, tax breaks, bonuses, etc.
    3. Personal: You have no clue what to do next with your life and you need something relatively stable.
    4. Hollywood: I saw this in a movie and it looked cool.
    5. Romantic: Joined to impress someone.

    I'm sure there are a lot more out there. AND in regards to the implementation of the transgendered community (In no particular order) –
    Bottom Line: I oppose the ban for many of the same reasons stated in this video. Having said that, please allow me to show you a certain perspective on the issue…

    1. The APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) scores are based on your sex and age. One concern raised by fellow soldiers was the grading. On the outside, it looks like a stupid argument, but the scoring standards for the two of the three events are lower. For example – A female soldier who does 45 push-ups will score more points than a male soldier (of the same age bracket) who does the same number of repetitions. If a person born a male who now identifies as a female takes the APFT, will they be graded under male or female standards? (Just to be clear – This determination was going to be based supporting medical and other documents according to the original plan before the ban was declared and official). This was seen by some as unfair since the APFT score is one of several factors that determines one's promotion in the Army. And the different standards this test has been based on is a WHOLE OTHER DEBATE, so I won't go deeper into it.

    2. Males and females are still segregated in the barracks life – It's not like "Starship Troopers" where males and females sleep in the same bay (most of the time) and shower in the same latrines (all the time). There were all kinds of strange solutions being proposed. One was to have transgendered soldiers shower at different designated times, which many of us professionally disagreed with since it goes against the team building aspect of unit cohesion. There were some in this same group that personally felt uncomfortable, but chose to maintain their professionalism above their own personal insecurities. And yes, there were those who also agreed to this and I can also understand how they feel. We are a diverse group of people, just like any other organization. We aren't a Droid army.

    3. There are so many other concerns (moral, ethical, practical, etc) that I have/heard regarding the topic. I'm sure the comments section below and above will address them.

    I have NO DOUBT that this ban will be lifted one day. It's only a matter of WHEN it will be lifted. However, I feel bad for those who are suffering here in the now because of it.

  71. Hopefully things change for you down in the states. In Canada we just had this headline on the Canadian Broadcast Corporations news website Canada's military issues new policies to welcome transgender troops as Trump insists on ban.

  72. I'm a Tran ™, and I thank you deeply. I almost joined out of fear of poverty and mental health issues possibly making me unfit for civilian life. I was just a kid. I'm glad I didn't join, but it makes me think about all the other kids in my position. Anyway, thanks for a down-to-earth position on what can become a wildly abstract and vitriolic issue. I see you.

  73. And regardless of the absence of evidence for their arguments, Trump's ilk (and the majority of the military) gets their way once again as the ban on transgendered people hits this month. Oh well, right? Smh

  74. I have been watching your trek actually videos a lot lately and then just now saw this video. As a trans woman who grew up a 2nd generation Air Force brat who would never join the military (Grandfather and Father retired as Colonels which is probably the reason why I wouldn't, yay rebelling against parents!), thank you for posting this. Got yourself another subscriber for sure.

  75. Donald Trump is a five time draft dodger and his father is also a draft dodger. Trump has NEVER served his country in ANY capacity at all until he became president and still barely does, so to me anything and everything he says in regards to how the military operates can be automatically dismissed, as he has avoided service all his life so he has ZERO fucking idea. Let the people who, you know, have ACTUAL military experience make these decisions.
    And no having watched military action movies doesn't count, which I believe would be the furthest extent of his military experience.

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