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THE GREAT DEBATE: Should transgender people serve in the military?

Eliana Hardy, Staff Writer

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As citizens of the United States, we all have certain rights, but what happens when a person with power threatens to detract those rights?

What happens when someone who has the desire to serve his country is denied the opportunity because of his gender identification?

It starts up a conversation between many different people from many different walks of life. It makes many people, including me, start to wonder, what exactly this country is coming to and what the future has in store.

President Trump’s plan to ban transgenders from all military services was announced July 26, and he signed the directive Aug. 25. This discriminative decision has sparked controversy in the LGBT community and across the nation.

For me, the decision is easy — transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military.

In a recent tweet, Trump stated, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

The most disturbing word in this tweet is burdened. When did people who have emotions, hearts, dreams, and lives become a burden to another group of people? In order to “make America great again,” the idea that a group of people are burdens must be eliminated. Everyone has burdens, but no one is one.

Transgender people are just that, people. Living, breathing, people. Bottom line.

Transgenders are wishing to serve and are willing risk their lives for their country, but their country isn’t even willing to support them. Going into the military is no easy thing to do. It takes courage and bravery and downright hard work.

Would there be additional medical cost? Possibly. But if the President can find the money to build a wall that costs more than $21 billion, I’m sure he can find the money for transgender people.The military also spends $84 million on erectile dysfunction drugs while it only spends $5.6 million on transgender medical costs. So maybe the problem isn’t the possible medical cost or possible controversy.

Maybe the problem is that the leader of this country is OK with discriminating against people whose only wish is to protect people like me and you.

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THE GREAT DEBATE: Should transgender people serve in the military?