This is what We can look forward to: Canadian Military Changes Transgender Policy

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    Canadian Military Changes Transgender Policy​


    The Canadian military has changed their policy on transgender troops to be more inclusive of non-cisgender soldiers.
    While the United States continues to debate whether openly gay soldiers should be allowed to serve, the Canadian Armed Forces are making themselves more inclusive for their transgender members.

    Under the new policy, Canadian soldiers are instructed to wear the uniform of their “target” gender, regardless of their biological sex. Military personnel are also instructed to give transgender soldier privacy and respect for their decision — for example, not asking reasons when a soldier changes his or her name on military records.

    However, not all is in favor of soldiers who come out and live as transgender during their tour of service: the new policy does not allow military honors to be reassigned to new names, even names adopted as part of a gender transition. The policy backs up this decision by stating that “there is no legal authority for rewriting history.”

    The Canadian Forces have a history of demonstrating respect and inclusivity towards soldiers of all orientations. Since openly-gay soldiers were allowed and granted protection from harassment and discrimination in 1992, gay soldiers have enjoyed the same rights as their straight counterparts. Same-sex couples can get married in military base chapels, and their unions entitle them to the same benefits as other married military couples.

    Representatives and soldiers from the Canadian Forces are routinely seen at Canadian pride events, with a significant number of straight soldiers opting to participate in the events alongside their gay counterparts. The Forces have even covered sex reassignment treatments for transgender soldiers since 1998, and several soldiers each year undergo the treatments during their time in service of their country.

    Even coming from such a good base of respecting the dignity of transgender soldiers, the Canadian Forces’ policy change has been praised as a critical move forward by Canadian LGBT advocates. “This is an important step towards recognising a community that has always struggled for equal rights and basic human protection,” Cherie Macleod, executive director of PFLAG Canada, stated in PinkNews. “When government becomes more inclusive, over time, society will follow.”

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    Go Canada.

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    The 154 Canadians who've given their lives in Afghanistan, and another 1,442 who're injured in response to our country being attack say thanks. Show some respect to a military who has supported us when they didn't have to. Let them make their decisions to their military, and us make ours.
     
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    You thinkin' about emigrating to Canada SunniMan? :lol:
     
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    The people pumping for gays in the military don't care about the military and its goals. They care about gays and their goals.
     
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    I had a good chuckle at this! :lol:
     
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    next it will be equal rights for those that have sex with hogs and sheep and such
     
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    D'oh!

    I thought of that right about the time I was pressing "submit reply."

    Then I thought, Oh well. Someone will have fun!

    Don't ever say I don't contribute to the enjoyment factor of this message board.
     

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