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Transgender individuals in the army
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Tim Cook CEO at AppleWe are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
Kristin Beck Transgender retired United States Navy SEAL, writerThe money [for transgenders in the army] is negligible, you're talking about .000001% of the military budget.
Jennifer Sims Captain in the United States ArmyFrom what I have experienced, open transgender service strengthens our military. Enabling soldiers to pursue their gender identity allows them to feel a part of the Army’s team and empowers them to be all they can be. Every soldier deserves to have that experience, including the thousands who are transgender.
Ash Carter Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professorWe must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
Barack Obama Former President of United States of AmericaAll Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
Sundar Pichai CEO, @googleI am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
Mark Zuckerberg CEO at FacebookEveryone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
Sheryl Sandberg American technology executive, activist, and authorWe should be grateful for everyone, including those in the transgender community, willing to serve our country
Canadian Forces The official Twitter page of the Canadian Armed Forces. En français: @ForcesCanada. For DND upWe welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities [in the Canadian Forces]
Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainShameful to discriminate against transgendered individuals in the military. Lets all of us work to help any that're affected find new jobs.
Adam Smith Democrat, member of the United States House of RepresentativesTrump's announcement "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."
Joni Ernst American politicianWhat is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
Kevin Yoder Republican US RepresentativeIn an era where the United States depends on a voluntary fighting force to protect our freedoms, anyone who wants to serve our country should be able to. But I believe taxpayer dollars should not be spent on gender reassignment therapies or surgeries
Alex Burton Commander UK Maritime Forces - Husband, Father, Warrior, SailorNo, we don't support that ban. I want our military to be completely open. It is right that the military should be equally open to anybody, irrespective of their race, their colour, their gender their sexuality. That is only right.
Sheri Swokowski Retired Army colonel and vice chair of the Fair Wisconsin Education FundThe most important thing in the military is getting the job done. Gender identity has nothing to do with it.
Brynn Tannehill Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy and founding member of the LGBT military organization SPART*AThe idea that it’s too expensive to retain transgender service members is laughable to me. It costs more to replace two highly trained transgender service members [in the US army] than to provide health care for every last one of them
This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the fa... See More