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.