Military decision on transgenders in wrong hands, says group

Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

DoD LGBT Pride Month 2016 (DoD website)Concern is being expressed that an Obama holdover in the Defense Department – someone who has openly demonstrated his support for LGBT issues – is in charge of a panel that will determine how to proceed with the transgender issue in the military.

Earlier this week, an active-duty soldier underwent transgender surgery. It was the first such procedure approved under a waiver forcing the taxpayers to foot the bill for the operation. In August, President Trump signed a memo to halt future funding for transgender surgery and also bar the Pentagon from accepting transgender recruits. A federal judge blocked both bans.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, spoke with OneNewsNow about the recent "sex-reassignment" surgery paid for by taxpayers.

Donnelly

"Even one dollar being spent for this seems to contradict what the president said when he ordered that transgender surgeries be halted in the armed forces," she offers. "There's a technical reason for this: the ... memorandum that the president issued [in August] indicated that there should be no negative consequences for people who had already started medical treatment under the Obama policies."

Donnelly also takes issue with the six-month deadline Trump has given a panel of experts to come up with a solution for the transgender problem.

"It's being headed by Deputy Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy ... a nominee for that position, a man named Anthony Kurta," she points out. "Mr. Kurta is a longtime advocate of LGBT law in the military, starting under the Obama administration."

Despite the fact President Trump chose not to proclaim June 2017 to be "LGBT Pride" month – as his predecessor did for several years – Kurta stated in a June 2 memo announcing the Pentagon's celebration:

"The struggles, sacrifices and successes among the LGBT community continue to shape our history and remind us to uphold tolerance and justice for all .... During the month of June, let us celebrate the diversity of the DoD workforce and rededicate ourselves to equity, dignity and respect for all."

Donnelly contends it is unwise for Trump's Defense Department to entrust an Obama holdover with recommending where to go with transgender policy.

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