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04/07/2014

Elaine Donnelly, professional military discrimination advocate: Trans soldiers want to serve so military can pay for surgery

by Jeremy Hooper

Having lost and lost hard after decades of fighting for LGB military discrimination, activist Elaine Donnelly is now turning full attention to the transgender men and women who dare to fight and possibly die for their nation. Here's Donnelly's new talking point in the trip-up-trans-soldiers game:

According to [Elaine] Donnelly, one overwhelming reason compels the Palm Center to carry the banner for the "T" portion of LGBT community to join the military.

"What this amounts to really is a demand for access to the medical system of the armed forces," she maintains. "The kind of treatment that is involved in changing the sexuality of a person is very, very expensive."

FULL: Watchdog: Push for transgenders in military is about money, not 'equality' [ONN]

Oh please. Like this nation is just teeming with men and women who wanted to do a million other things after high school, but who made the bold, brave, difficult choice to go into the armed forces because it just seemed like an easier way to pay for surgery (which not all trans men or women even want, by the way). I think Ms. Donnelly is confusing the bread and butter "culture war" that she plays for profit with the literal ones that soldiers are sometimes tasked with fighting at great personal cost.

But hey, she threw everything she had at the wall during the DADT debate, hoping something would stick. Ultimately, nothing did. The writing on the wall was too great of a repudiation for any kind of silly talking point to adhere. I expect the same thing with this debate.

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