Lawmakers introduce legislation to protect transgender servicemembers

House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would prohibit the Defense Department from involuntarily separating or denying reenlistment opportunities to transgender servicemembers.

The bipartisan bill, H.R. 4041, would make it illegal to remove members from the armed services solely based on their gender identities.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said doing so would be “hateful” and “discriminatory.”

“Our military should be focused on recruiting and retaining the best troops, not on rejecting qualified service members on the basis of discrimination,” she said in a statement.

The bill would also require Defense Secretary Mattis to review accession of transgender individuals into the Armed Forces by the end of this year and report the results to Congress.

“The decision by the administration to not allow transgender individuals to serve in the military is a sad reminder of the dark chapters in our nation's history that should never be repeated,” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said, adding, “The courts have usually been forced to adjudicate what constitutes discrimination but once again Congress is saying: no more. Any patriot, as long as they are qualified to serve, should have the ability to, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Reader comments

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 Charlie

Thank God I didn't have to depend on a woman, that thinks she is a man, while serving in Vietnam. It was definitely not the place to find out if you have what it takes to survive and carry your own weight in a real war rather than a SJW war

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 Rich Sr. Anacortes, WA

As long as the bill does not require the military to pay for their sex change operations or any procedure that makes them not available for deployment like other troops.

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 FED-UP Montrose, NY

It is unfortunate to say, but many transgender people also have many other mental health issues to contend with. I have no issue with transgender people serving if they do not create a disturbance in the work environment. If they are disruptive then goodbye, because it is not discriminatory to discharge problem soldiers. I do have issue with transgender people who join the military expecting reassignment surgery for free. That needs to be stopped in the military and at the VA. Transgenders can save their money and pay for any surgery themselves just like the civilians do. When I served I was not allowed to get a nose job, or a tummy tuck, or hair plugs. (I didn't need all that then, but I sure could use it now). Reassignment surgery is elective and should be done at their own expense on their own leave time. This should not be a burden for the taxpayer or a social benefit.

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

i have no issue with transgender people in military, what i don't like is often they feel the gov't should pay for their medical costs to change sexes- i think that often they join to get this benefit only; medical costs are extreme and that money should be spent for equal medical for all.

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