US House may ban healthcare for transgender military personnel

US House may ban healthcare for transgender military personnel

Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union said the Hartzler Amendment is meant to discriminate against transgender members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by barring them from receiving medically necessary health care. But if you're trying to join the military, you must stay closeted.

Two dozen House Republicans broke with their pro-defense brethren Thursday and helped Democrats kill an amendment that would have barred the military from funding transgender sex reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies. "This amendment is not about defense", he said.

Openly transgender people have served in the military since October 2016.

Democrats, for whom the LGBT community is a major constituent, opposed the amendment on grounds that all Americans should have a chance to serve and receive medical treatment. However, psychiatric treatment for transgender military personnel would still be allowed.

HRC called the amendment "outrageous" and protested: "It is imperative that the House of Representatives reject this harmful amendment".

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It was one of 122 amendments voted on by the House.

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The new amendment "would make it so 'funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to provide medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care, '" The Hill reported.

According to the Williams Institute, there are over 15,000 transgender individuals serving in active duty or in the Guards or Reserves, and "an estimated 134,000 transgender individuals are veterans or are retired from Guard or Reserve service".

Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri had previously attempted to amend the spending bill with a measure to fully repeal a policy enacted a year ago, under the Obama administration, that allows transgender people to serve openly and receive transition related care.

Sarah McBride, spokesperson for the LGBT lobby group Human Rights Campaign, reported, "If only three Members of Congress had voted yes instead [i.e., FOR the measure denying taxpayer funding to the Pentagon for transsexual "sex reassignment surgeries"], this unsafe and discriminatory anti-transgender amendment would have passed". If a doctor says transition-related care is necessary, the group wrote, "that treatment should be provided just as it would be for any other medical condition for any other service member". As part of this process, the Department of Defense set July 1, 2017 as the date for the military to begin enlisting transgender service members.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement that the defeat of the amendment sent a "resounding message of support" for transgender service members and their families.

Her new amendment about medical care was approved by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday night. "The defense bill before us today should be about honoring that responsibility". Ash Carter said previous year, when he announced the policy to allow transgender service, that a study by the RAND Corporation found health care "costs would be minimal" and that "the medical treatment that service members who are now transgender require is fairly straightforward, well understood".

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