Transgender Activists Upset With Pentagon During Very Small LGBT Celebration – American Military News

Transgender Activists Upset With Pentagon During Very Small LGBT Celebration

A very small “Celebrate” event organized by the Pentagon group, “DOD Pride” was hosted by the Pentagon Wednesday but transgender activists were not pleased when there was no announcement saying that transgender people are no longer prohibited from serving the military openly.

The event was organized by DOD pride, an employee resource group that supports the LGBT community.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said during his speech at the event that there is still a lot of work to be done to meet the goals of DOD Pride.

One example is making sure transgender people are mentally capable of handling combat. The psychology community still isn’t united on whether transgenderism is a mental disorder or not so throwing this small group of people into combat doesn’t make any sense.

He called the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy long overdue which allowed gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemen to openly serve. He called the ban “insidious and morally wrong” and it was created due to “flawed logic.”

Last year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter set up a working group to develop policies that would allow transgender people to openly serve. He called the prohibition on transgender people, an “inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.”

People that came to the event were expecting a result of the working group, but it never came.

“I don’t know what’s taking so long to resolve the policy,” Sue Fulton, an Army veteran and president of LGBT military group SPARTA, told CNN. “There have been many transgender service members who have come out within their commands and been accepted. But they are in policy limbo until the new policy is released. We need Secretary Carter to act.”
“It was just so awkward, even shocking… here we are at the pride celebration in honor of LGBT service members and we are now 11 months past Secretary Carter’s pledge to review the ban in six months,” Aaron Belkin, a researcher for the Palm Center that promotes the study of sexual minorities in the military, told CNN.
A Pentagon spokesperson said the working group is still continuing to make a decision on the issue.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored LGBT service members for embodying the values and ideals of the United States.
“Their readiness and willingness to serve has made our military stronger and our nation safer,” the statement said. “We continue to take great pride in all that these men and women contribute to the department and our mission.”