Today, the American Military Partner Association praised statements from the medical community rebuking the attempts of Donald Trump and Mike Pence to force a transgender ban onto the military. Late Friday night under the cover of darkness, the Trump-Pence administration released the details of their unconscionable transgender military ban, making clear it is a categorical ban on all transgender people in the military with very limited exceptions.
“The medical experts have made it clear to the world that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are making up ‘alternative facts’ in order to implement their unconscionable transgender military ban,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack in response to the statement. “History will look back on this administration in disdain for their blatant discrimination against brave American heroes. We will not rest until our military families are protected from this indefensible assault.”
From the American Psychological Association:
Following is a statement by Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, regarding President Trump’s placing new limits on transgender individuals serving in the military:
“The American Psychological Association is alarmed by the administration’s misuse of psychological science to stigmatize transgender Americans and justify limiting their ability to serve in uniform and access medically necessary health care.”
“Substantial psychological research shows that gender dysphoria is a treatable condition, and does not, by itself, limit the ability of individuals to function well and excel in their work, including in military service. The science is clear that individuals who are adequately treated for gender dysphoria should not be considered mentally unstable. Additionally, the incidence of gender dysphoria is extremely low.”
“No scientific evidence has shown that allowing transgender people to serve in the armed forces has an adverse impact on readiness or unit cohesion. What research does show is that discrimination and stigma undermine morale and readiness by creating a significant source of stress for sexual minorities that can harm their health and well-being.”
APA’s governing Council of Representatives adopted a resolution in 2008 supporting full equality for transgender and gender-variant people and calling for legal and social recognition of transgender individuals.
From the American Psychiatric Association:
“The APA stands firmly against discrimination against anyone, and this ban is a discriminatory action,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “This ban not only harms those who have chosen to serve our country, but it also casts a pall over all transgender Americans. This discrimination has a negative impact on the mental health of those targeted.”
In 2012, the APA passed a policy statement that opposed discrimination against transgender people and called for their civil rights to be protected. Transgender people do not have a mental disorder; thus, they suffer no impairment whatsoever in their judgment or ability to work.
“All Americans who meet the strenuous requirements and volunteer to serve in U.S. military should be given the opportunity to do so,” said Levin.
UPDATE as of Wednesday, April 4, 2018:
Today, the American Medical Association also weighed in, rebuking the Trump-Pence administration in a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and making clear there is no medically valid reason for the transgender military ban. As reported by Politico, “The American Medical Association said the Pentagon’s recent evaluation of the requirements to accommodate transgender personnel “mischaracterized and rejected the wide body of peer-reviewed research on the effectiveness of transgender medical care.” Read the full story here.
The American Military Partner Association is an organizational plaintiff in a lawsuit, Karnoski v. Trump, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the ban in court. The Human Rights Campaign, Gender Justice Leauge, and nine individuals are also plaintiffs in the case. Four separate federal courts have blocked implementation of the transgender military ban, and barring further court action, the administration cannot implement it.
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