Allow Transgender Troops to Serve Openly

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Target: United States Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter

Goal: Lift the ban on openly transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military.

Openly transgender Americans have not yet been given the right to serve in the U.S. military despite the fact that this right has been provided to openly gay soldiers. Just as any gay citizen has the right to unapologetically and openly serve in the military, all transgender individuals should have this right. Ask United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to repeal this ban and allow openly transgender Americans to serve their country.

Transgender citizens forced to serve in silence will encounter numerous issues, not the least of which is the emotional toll of having to constantly lie by omission. In addition, numerous technical issues could be resolved by simply granting the right to live an honest and open life. Being transgender has nothing to do with one’s capabilities as an American soldier and should not be regarded as something to be ashamed of.

The current ban is doing more harm to the efficiency of our military than it does to help it. The ban has little purpose other than attempting to minimize conversations that are already happening. What’s worse, Americans can be discharged from the military for simply stating a fact about themselves. This outdated ban must be lifted.

Please sign this petition to urge the United States Department of Defense to lift this harmful, unnecessary ban on being openly transgender in the military.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Carter,

The United States has banned openly transgender citizens from serving in the military for far too long. The fact that in this day and age soldiers can still be discharged for being transgender is absurd. This is an outdated and unnecessary ban that does more harm than good.

The relevance of being transgender to being a competent, strong soldier is entirely absent, as you have proudly stated. One can easily be both and should not have to remain silent on the topic. There are many technical issues that come along with living a stealth lifestyle in the military. The emotional toll this takes on citizens is significant, but can be changed in the coming years.

Any member of society that fits the basic criteria for becoming a U.S. soldier should be able to do so without having to lie by omission or apologize for factors of their identity outside of their control. Please repeal the ban on transgender individuals in the military.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

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