U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced that transgender people would be banned from serving in the American military in any capacity. This comes as a stark contrast to his earlier statements that he would be a staunch ally for the LGBTQ community.
Of course, Donald Trump lies almost as often as he breathes, so this latest affront seems to be yet another desperate bid to maintain popularity with his base. Trump knows all too well that once that percentage of the Republican voter base deserts him, the party will throw him under the bus and start impeachment proceedings. It’s just a shame that transgender people have been demonized yet again.
The Canadian military has already extended an invitation to American transgender soldiers to come and serve up north. If these individuals would like to serve elsewhere, they actually have a number of options as several other countries allow transgender people to serve.
The Netherlands was the first to change their rules in 1974, followed by Sweden two years later, and Denmark and Norway two years after that. No more countries followed suit until the early ’90s, with Australia and Canada in 1992, and Israel in 1993. The Czech Republic followed their lead in 1999. The UK, France, Germany, Estonia, Finland (all 2000), Belgium (2003), Austria (2004), Spain, Thailand (2005; the latter in administrative positions only), and Bolivia (2010) round out the list to date.
There has already been backlash in the U.S., not to mention the world, to this stupidity. The White House is now saying it has not decided on how to implement the policy change. This leads one to hope that this is just another of Trump’s pathetic distractions and will not come to pass. However, it is important to remain vigilant in the face of such of government-sanctioned discrimination as we have likely not seen the last of it.