Written By: Jordan Barela
Transgendered individuals are constantly being pushed aside when it comes to equal rights.
A recent article on CNN told two separate stories of two transgendered soldiers. One is from Britain and the other is from America; but this is not the only difference between the two.
The first solider is Caroline Paige, a transgendered woman, who serves in the British Air Force. In the article, she discusses difficulties at first, but she tells of how she was eventually accepted. Paige was even rewarded for her performance as a solider.
Landon Wilson, the transgendered male who served in the U.S. Navy, was not so lucky. After learning that he is transgendered, Wilson was honorably discharged under the guise of a promotion.
How can one transgendered individual be treated with respect and rewarded, while another individual is disregarded?
Gender identity is a fluid concept. What needs to be established and accepted into social context is whatever gender a person identifies as, that is his or her gender.
How can “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” be repealed, but a transgendered individual cannot serve openly and proudly? How can the country that a transgendered individual is willing to protect, not offer that same protection to that person?
If a person, transgendered or not, is willing to serve in the military, what is—or isn’t between a person’s legs shouldn’t matter.