May Trump’s in­hu­mane ban fail

RE: Trumps ban on trans mil­i­tary per­son­nel

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

It was all I could do to shake my head when I learned about Trump’s show of dis­crim­i­na­tion to­ward any­one trans and the num­ber of stereo­typ­i­cal ideas he’s try­ing to cling to erase the fact that they are hu­man.

His des­per­a­tion to be­lieve any­one trans, whether ac­cord­ing to gen­der iden­tity and/or sex, adds un­nec­es­sary cost to the med­i­cal bud­get is easy to dis­prove through some ba­sic math.

Ac­cord­ing to Pen­tagon stud­ies, the cost of pro­vid­ing med­i­cally nec­es­sary tran­si­tion-re­lated care in­volv­ing trans ser­vice mem­bers would amount to one one-hun­dredth of 1 per cent of the mil­i­tary’s health care bud­get. Hardly an enor­mous sum, right?

He seems to think any trans peo­ple who serve re­duce the readi­ness of the mil­i­tary to help, too. Ex­cuse me? They help en­sure every­thing’s set to get go­ing. His mil­i­tary would be smaller by 4,000 mem­bers if he didn’t have any­one trans set to serve.

He can freak about “sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing” or any­thing linked to be­ing ‘po­lit­i­cally cor­rect’ but long run, all any­one needs to do to learn that kind of les­son is to gen­uinely lis­ten to peo­ple and hon­our their vo­cab­u­lary, how­ever odd, coun­ter­in­tu­itive … in­sert any other ad­jec­tive you want it may feel to you. Treat others as they want to be treated.

Kinder­garten is easy, other than if you’re ego­cen­tric and al­ways think you’re right, it ap­pears.

May Trump’s ini­tia­tive meet fail­ure or min­i­mal suc­cess. No mat­ter any­one’s pieces and/or iden­ti­ties they should be able to serve their na­tion if they want. Amy Soule, Hamil­ton

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