Transgender, ex-navy rabbi ‘appalled’ by Trump ban
A RABBI who served in US Navy has hit out at President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people from the military.
Rona Matlow, who is herself transgender, spent 22 years in the navy and worked as an engineer on its nuclear programme before leaving the forces and getting ordained as a rabbi.
Then, two years ago, Rona, who was previously called Jaron, began to address her gender dysphoria and decided to transition.
She told the JTA she was “absolutely devastated and furious” about the ban, which Mr Trump announced on Twitter.
She added: “Immediately I was very worried about the 15,000 active duty trans personnel that are currently serving in the military. I have talked to service members with 19-plus years of service who would be kicked out of the military without a pension.
“It costs well over $1m to train a pilot. Kicking these people out is incredibly more costly than keeping them in.”
Ms Matlow, a member of Jewish War Veterans of the USA, said she was happy to see the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joe Dunford, and Secretary of Defence James Mattis, maintain their support for all service personnel despite Mr Trump’s statement on the ban last Wednesday.