LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After the tweet from the president Wednesday, many people were very vocal about his stance. While transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, after Trump’s ban, locals are now wondering what will happen to the fate of those currently serving?
There are two sides on the new ban, but both agree they don’t think the transgender ban has anything to do with the cost of health care. The Kentucky family policy group says this is just about military readiness.
“It was one of those policies made for political ideology reasons rather than reasons having to do with the quality of our fighting forces.”
Martin Cothran from the policy group says there are all kinds of reasons why you exclude people from the military in general and that it has nothing to do with bigotry.
“Those decisions should be made by the military not forced upon them by politicians with an agenda, they should focus on what it best for the military, not what is best for some special interest group.”
A local member of the Pride Community Service Organization and a transgender herself agrees healthcare costs shouldn’t be an issue, but gender identity should have nothing to do with the ability to serve your country.
“The RAND Corporation has said over and over that the healthcare costs for the transgender troops is minimum at best. the military has spent more on advertising at football games than they have on transgender health care.”
Meadows says it’s not based on military readiness, it’s based on discriminatory practices. She says her heart goes out to one of her close friends, who is a transgender in the National Guard.
“He is so pro military, he is just such a wonderful guy and just such a wonderful citizen and he just loves serving. I don’t know if he will be able to serve now.”
Despite the views on if transgender people should be able to openly serve the Country, both parties agree it should be the military’s decision, not a politician’s.