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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 07:31 PM


UK military chiefs praise transgender troops

It comes after Donald Trump said that transgender people would not be allowed in the US military due to "tremendous" medical costs and disruption.

But British officials have supported people serving in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Commander of UK Maritime Forces Rear Admiral Alex Burton tweeted: "I am so glad we are not going this way."


"Only if individuals are free to be themselves can we release the genie of their potential." Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders

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mwooldri Jul 2017 #1

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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 07:54 PM

1. I'm sorry June wasn't the end of May. But yay MoD :)

FWIW UK military has had equality since 2000.

They may have been kicking and screaming all the way to the European Court of Human Rights but to quote from Wikipedia: "In 2009, the tenth anniversary of the change of law that permitted homosexuality in the Armed Forces, it was generally accepted that the lifting of the ban had had no negative effect on the operational effectiveness on a military that still considers itself world class, and indeed that it increased productivity by freeing gay and lesbian soldiers from the effort of hiding their sexual orientation."
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_and_the_military_of_the_United_Kingdom )

So what do you think? An inclusive military ends up being more productive? Now I thought that #45 came from the business world and would recognize a productivity boost if he ever saw one. In his own words: "Wrong".

And... another Sanders I can agree with... Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders. I'm not an Army person (family has RAF ties) but he's right - let people be themselves and they can flourish.

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