As a ser­vice-dis­abled war vet­eran,

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I sup­port trans­gen­der sol­diers. Trans­gen­der sol­diers match the honor and courage of all ser­vice mem­bers, and their brav­ery pi­o­neers an­other fron­tier of in­te­gra­tion. The ex­pe­ri­ences of gay, les­bian, women and black sol­diers be­fore them prove that change can come at high per­sonal cost. And the so­cial bound­aries the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity face are of­ten marked by vi­o­lent nor­mal­iza­tion and marginal­iza­tion.

I saw this first­hand at Fort Meade, as my com­pany formed for phys­i­cal fit­ness train­ing across from the court­house where then-Pfc. Bradley Man­ning (now Chelsea Man­ning) was be­ing tried. Ul­ti­mately, her ex­pe­ri­ence in Army im­pris­on­ment demon­strated how dan­ger­ous the treat­ment of trans­gen­derism in the mil­i­tary can be. This can­not stand.

The trans­gen­der com­mu­nity is strong, and pa­tri­o­tism and self­less­ness will com­pel these sol­diers into ser­vice un­de­terred. His­tory will be­hold them with the gratitude and pride re­served for he­roes of the two finest pillars of Amer­ica, civil rights and na­tional ser­vice. Joel Usher, Wash­ing­ton

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