First, I did not vote for Trump or Hillary I voted Libertarian. Sad that I have to state this.
The recent ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. Armed Forces is in my professional opinion a correct decision by POTUS.
When you strip away the political clap trap the scientific evidence paints a picture of people who are mentally ill and emotionally unstable.
Let’s look at the facts:
1. Chromosomes make us male or female. Biological fact.
NOTE: Klinefelter’s syndrome, Turner syndrome, XX gonadal dysgenesis are well studied however these do not change the biological sex of the person.
2. A report finds scarce scientific evidence to conclude that gay and transgender people are “born that way.”
The 143-page paper, published in The New Atlantis journal, combs through hundreds of studies in search of a causal, biological explanation for gender identity, but comes up empty.
“Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex — so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or a ‘woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence,” the report states.
3. The only long-term study of transgender outcomes concluded that “Male to Female” transsexuals retain male-pattern criminality, including crimes against women.
NOTE: Their biological based aggression does not change.
[Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016885]
4. The DSM-5 changed the listing of transgender to “gender dysphoria,” in 2013, it remains classified as a mental illness today.
NOTE: A politically driven attempt to change this is underway ignoring science for the sake of a political agenda.
5. The Statements Of International Experts:
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry states that Transgenderism is a mental disorder that merits treatment, that sex change is biologically impossible, and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
Dr. Joseph Berger, has issued a statement saying that from a medical and scientific perspective there is no such thing as a “transgendered” person, and that terms such as “gender expression” and “gender identity” used in the bill are at the very least ambiguous, and are more an emotional appeal than a statement of scientific fact.
“The medical treatment of delusions, psychosis or emotional happiness is not surgery.”
Moreover, Dr. Berger stated that the arguments put forward by those advocating for special rights for gender confused people have no scientific value and are subjective and emotional appeals with no objective scientific basis.
Dr. Kenneth Zucker, long acknowledged as a foremost authority on gender identity issues in children, has also been a lifelong advocate for gay and transgender rights.
However, much to the consternation of adult transgender activists, Zucker believes that gender-dysphoric pre-pubertal children are best served by helping them align their gender identity with their anatomic sex. This view ultimately cost him his 30-year directorship of the Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
6. While approximately 6.7 percent of the general United States population suffers from depression and 18 percent grapple with some iteration of an anxiety disorder, nearly half of all individuals who identify as transgender experience these issues.
What’s more, over 41 percent of trans men and women are estimated to have attempted suicide — a rate that’s nearly nine times as high as the rate of cisgender Americans.
NOTE: Social stigma has been shown to NOT be a factor in this.
7. A 2011 Swedish study, it looked at mortality and morbidity after gender reassignment surgery and found that people who changed genders had a higher risk of suicide.
In this study, all the sex-reassigned persons in Sweden from 1973–2003 (191 male-to-females, 133 female-to-males) were compared to a comparable random control group. The sex-reassigned persons had substantially higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease and suicide, and substantially higher rates of attempted suicide….Gender surgery is not effective treatment for depression, anxiety or mental disorders.
Transgender people have extremely high suicide rates, aggression, depression and anxiety disorder. Does it make any logical senses to allow these people to serve in an organization filled with weapons, high stress and national secrets?
The military mission is always about readiness and lethality. Put your politics aside and look at this decision dispassionately and logically.