..Why is it necessary to draw attention to the sexuality of other people, whether they are homosexual, transgender or heterosexual?......?..
Good question. As we're all aware, President Biden issued an executive order declaring that “gender identity should not be a bar to military service
.” Men and women have long been serving in the military, so in reality gender has never been the issue. What Biden means is that “transgender” people - those of a recognized biological sex who self-identify as being the opposite sex - must be allowed to serve as their preferred self-identified sex.
Biden's order says, “All Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces … should be able to serve.” This of course begs the question: Who exactly is 'qualified to serve'?
Biden's action reversed Trump administration policy. Trump policy in turn reversed Obama policy. Congress itself has never legislated regarding this issue. Obama's policy allowing self-identified 'transgender' people to serve in the military as the opposite sex wasn't adopted until President Obama was almost out of office.
Throughout American history until 2016 - including the first seven and a half years of Obama’s eight-year presidency - people who self-identified as transgender were excluded from military service on grounds of mental or physical health.
Biden claims his executive order was based on “..a meticulous, comprehensive study
” issued in 2016 that concluded that allowing “transgender individuals to serve
” would have “a minimal impact on military readiness and healthcare costs
.” The “nonpartisan federally funded research center
” that published this study was the RAND Corporation.
Biden said, “the previous [Trump] administration relied on a review that resulted in a policy that set unnecessary barriers to military service.
” Biden failed to explain that the previous "review
” was conducted by the Department of Defense. These findings were published in the department's March 2018 “Report and Recommendations.”
Comparing the RAND study that Biden referenced in his policy change with the Pentagon report that Trump relied on puts the issue in perspective.
To begin with, the RAND study was based on speculation. It was released about the time Obama's short lived policy opening doors to 'transgenders' in the military was announced. Prior to that time transgender people had not been permitted to serve in the U.S. military, so RAND could only make 'best guess' speculative projections based on experiences in the private sector and other countries.
On the other hand the Pentagon report that Trump relied on provided actual data based on the 20 months (give or take) of in practice experience with 'transgender' people in the military, between the time Obama's policy took effect and when the Pentagon's “Report and Recommendations
” were issued. This one to one comparison brings to light some important contrasts.
The RAND Corporation 'study' estimated “there are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender personnel serving
” on active duty. The Pentagon, however, reported that between October 2015 and October 2017, there were only “994 active duty Service members diagnosed with 'gender dysphoria'
What becomes obvious is that the RAND study 'overestimated' the number of transgender service members in their study. Not everyone who self-identifies as transgender is diagnosed with “gender dysphoria,” a condition that implies subjective distress over one’s “gender incongruity.”
Such a diagnosis was required of any service member seeking "gender transition
” treatment, including surgery, under Obama's policy.
To compound the error, RAND underestimated the number of transgender service members who they speculated would seek specialized medical care. They estimated a maximum of 129 service members annually would use “transition-related health care.
” Yet the Pentagon reported they had approved “424 treatment plans
” in less than two years.
RAND estimated that 140 current members of the military would seek “hormone therapy
”, and 130 would seek “gender transition-related surgeries.
” Actual treatment plans for transgender military personnel show numbers 250% higher than the RAND estimates.
The reason RAND concluded that allowing transgender military service would have “minimal impact
” on readiness and costs is because so few active service members identify as transgender, not because transgender people are equally fit to serve in the military.
The Pentagon study reveals that “medical costs for Service members with gender dysphoria have increased nearly three times — or 300 percent — compared to Service members without gender dysphoria.
” The study also revealed that transgender personnel are “eight times more likely to attempt suicide
” and “nine times more likely to have mental health encounters.
Lots more if needed, but these comparisons provide the sort of factual context that's often missing in politicized issues such as this.
If you'd like to comment on any of the above data, as it relates to the question you asked, I'll gladly listen. If all you're interested in is shouting 'Wrong' while 'complaining about descenting viewpoints', I'm not interested, at all..