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Retired Navy SEAL Attacks Military Transgender Ban

| by Jordan Smith

A retired Navy SEAL has spoken out against the announcement by President Donald Trump that transgender personnel will not be allowed to serve in the military.

Kristin Beck, a transgender woman who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, told Politico's "Women Rule" podcast that the decision was unfair.

"You just smacked the hornet's nest with a baseball bat, and there's going to be a lot of people who are going to start to come out of the woodwork," Beck added.

She stated that transgender personnel should be treated like other members of the military.

"They're a soldier, they're serving their country," she told Politico. "Treat them with dignity and respect just like you would want to be treated yourself. It's not very difficult."

Beck kept her transgender identity secret until she retired from the military.

"If this goes through and all of these people -- all of my friends, brothers and sisters -- if they end up getting kicked out or it turns into something of the worst-case scenarios, it's going to be a fight," Beck said.

Beck is not the only one who is unhappy. 56 retired generals and admirals have signed a letter criticizing Trump's decision.

"This proposed ban, if implemented," noted the letter, "would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy."

The letter went on to allege that Trump's ban, if implemented, would "degrade readiness even more than the failed 'don't ask, don't tell' policy," Salon reported.

It remains unclear what the fate of Trump's ban will be and what will happen to those transgender personnel already serving in the military. Following the president's Twitter announcement, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, stated that the military's policy towards transgender people would not change.

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, explicitly said he would resist a ban on transgender personnel.

According to military.com, Zukunft said Aug. 1 that he contacted the 13 members of the Coast Guard who have self-identified as transgender.

I reached out personally to lieutenant Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of the Washington Post last week. If you read that story, Taylor's family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, 'I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.'

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