I was talking to a liberal friend at work about the gays and the new marriage law. They were going on about Bruce Jenner and how courageous he was for “putting it out there” and getting on the cover of a national magazine. This bothered me. I began to wonder And Just How Many Transgendered People Are There Actually in the US?
After taking a look at census data, we have an actual number between 21,000 and 89,000. To put that in perspective the number of transgendered people in America is on par with the number of people born with extra thumbs every year, the number of practicing Druids, and the number of people who’ve ever won $100K or more in the lottery i.e. a very, very small minority.
So this leads me to the next question… In a democracy where we rule by voting our representative and this person does what the majority wants, why do these people who make up such an incredibly small minority are so incredibly powerful in today’s politics?
Which leads me to another story …
This gives a whole different meaning to “military dress uniform”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.
The officials said Defense Secretary Ash Carter has asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to set up a working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue. One senior official said that while the goal is to lift the ban, Carter wants the working group to look at the practical effects, including the costs, and determine whether it would affect readiness or create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.