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    LGB(no Ts) community, unless you have some shocking new evidence to the contrary.

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    by enhydra lutris on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:21:25 PM PST

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      For Transgendered Soldiers, Don't Ask Don't Tell Carries On

      There are around 140,000 transgender veterans in the U.S., says Dr. Gary Gates of the Williams Institute, a research organization dedicated to law and public policy in sexual orientation and gender identity. He estimates that there are roughly 700,000 transgender people in the country, and a recent National Transgender Discrimination Survey showed that 20 percent of them have been a part of the military at some point. (In contrast, only 10 percent of the general population has served.)

      As long as mental health professionals see being transgendered as a disorder, says Dr. Spack, "the military will be the last to budge."
      Despite this, if the U.S. armed forces discover a transgender individual in their ranks, he or she is often dishonorably discharged -- in contrast with the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, and other nations where they can serve freely. Being transgender, according to the U.S. military, is a psychological disorder, and it renders an individual unfit for service.

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      by Shockwave on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:44:26 PM PST

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