In light of the Trump Administration’s recent decision about transgenders serving in the military, I have an opinion to consider before we make conclusions about Trump’s “feelings” towards the LGBT community.
I want everyone to know, I am NOT condoning the discrimination that many Americans have towards the LGBT community. I come from a strong Catholic faith background yet I am modernized in my thinking. I have been taught through Catholicism all of the ways we are supposed to live and the rules we are to follow. One thing that separates me from the religion I grew up on is the judgment of others. I believe that happiness is what should guide us through this life and if our decisions cause no harm upon others then DO IT. I can apply this same notion to LGBT’s.
As soon as media outlets release a new article, especially one that is “BREAKING NEWS” people are all over it. On social media, in coffee shops, and in the workplace, we can hear the segregated opinions of Americans. Every written piece in the history of the world is open to interpretation. Human instinct is to jump to conclusions and voice our opinion so everyone can agree with us and see it our way then we JUDGE the opinions of others. This is the downfall of our current society.
I understand the need to fit in and feel comfortable in your own skin. People go through this for the majority of their teenage years, trying to figure out who they really are and what makes them happy. During this confusing time, someone may decide they would be happier as the opposite sex. So what’s next? They consult with a doctor, tell them their concerns, and then endure mental evaluations, counseling, and hormone therapy for the next year. After that year is over, they are able to start the surgery process and then recovery. This process could take 2 plus years! A person who is going through this change and is in the military are marked as NONDEPLOYABLE. This means that they are unable to be deployed and do the job that they signed up to do. Why do we have people in our military who cannot fight on the frontline where we need them most, just because they’re going through a sex-change?? According to CostHelperHealth, the counseling sessions this person must endure before surgery can cost between $50 and $200. The patient must then get letters of recommendations and begin hormone therapy. Before surgery begins, the patient has already spent upwards of $5,000 to $10,000. The surgery itself totals between $40,000 and $50,000.
So, a 17 year old, looking into gender reassignment surgery sees all of these numbers and thinks ‘how am I ever going to pay for this?’ Aha! I could join the military, serve for 4 years, get the surgery I cannot afford and then end my contract and go about my merry way by the time I am 21. Can you imagine how enticing this must sound to a confused teenager facing gender identity issues?
The same happens with people who are faced with the outrageous costs of college education. Students with no scholarships or grants who want to further their education are looking at colleges, see how much one single semester costs and realizes that they cannot afford it. Solution? Join the military! They’ll pay for your school and when you get out in a couple of years you will have a free Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree.
I believe this is a major factor into why the Trump Administration has made this decision. It wasn’t because he is saying that transgenders are incapable of serving because we all know they are, as there are 15,000 currently serving now. But it is unfair for our government to assume that American citizens should pay for an individual’s sex change. This opinion is NOT based on intolerance of the LGBT community or meant to divide America, but it is based on the idea that someone joins the military because they are a PATRIOT. They are supposed to strive to protect our freedoms and must be willing to make the sacrifices to do so for their citizens. The military was not designed for people to use it for free hand-outs, whether that be a college education or a sex-transition surgery.