A new survey by the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) found that the far majority of the military community supports transgender service members. The strong support comes as President Trump tries to implement an unconscionable transgender military ban, which the courts have so far blocked from being implemented. AMPA is an organizational plaintiff in one of the lawsuits challenging the ban.
The survey included thousands of active duty service members, veterans, retirees, and their families, and found that twice as many respondents support transgender individuals serving in the military as those who don’t – an overwhelming 62 to 31 percent.
One respondent said, “I think every person has the right to prove they are fit and qualified to serve in the military.”
A military spouse said, “Who cares!? That there is even a discussion about this is so stupid. How does a transgender person negatively affect anything simply by virtue of being transgender? It’s the other people that have the problem – not him/her. My husband could not care less if someone serving with him is transgender.”
A service member said, “I only care about soldiers who carry their own load and contribute to the mission. I don’t care what equipment you are packing unless it was issued to you to support the mission.”
The survey also included insight into the broader LGBT military community and their experience in the military. According to MFAN, “A small proportion of the respondents identified as LGBTQ (3 percent). This population of respondents said they feel as if their experience in active duty military life has been generally positive, 3.31 on a 5-point scale.”
Check out the full report here.