Regardless how the public feels about any of the present issues about the LGBT community, certainly many will not feel comfortable with the news the President Obama and the Pentagon have changed rules for LGBT.
It’s a sad state of affairs when the military changes physical fitness qualifications for any person or group. However, that’s what the Pentagon did for transgender service members when it was reported that they will be excused from all Air Force fitness tests while they are in their “transition” period.
As Robert Gehl opined (surely tongue-in-cheek) in his article: “Airmen (air-women? Air-people? Air-humans?)“ are exempt:
“Air Force Secretary Deborah James (who has never served in the military), said: “This is another step in allowing transgender Airmen to serve openly, receive medical care relating to gender transition and allow transgender individuals to join the Air Force.”
American Military News reported that prior to July 1, 2017, transgenders will be allowed to join all branches of our military. And don’t forget the previous news that we the taxpayers will foot the medical (before, during, and after) bills for all transgender reassignment.
Then, on October 30, President Obama announced a new rule that will prevent all religious relief organizations and charities from continuing their “traditional views of gender and sexuality” if they want to keep their government contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID).
The government’s goal is to prevent them from “discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the administration of aid.”
National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said:
“The United States also needs to do more to institutionalize efforts to promote LGBT rights.”
Roger Severino, director of the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said:
“Disaster relief agencies may now be required to open their women’s shower and sleeping facilities to biological males who self-identify as women or be stripped of all funding for alleged ‘gender identity discrimination.”
And President Obama has promised to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act if it contains any provision deviating from his ruling.
If nothing else, these two rulings about LGBT by both the Pentagon and Obama help reaffirm the beliefs by many of our citizens that our government is totally out-of-control. Perhaps our presidential election next week will enable appropriate changes to be made in these policies after January 21, 2017.