I will be the first to say that I do not understand the mental and physical challenges that are experienced by transgender people. I’m sure I do not get the pronouns right (at least, yet).
But I think that the US Department of Defense decision today to allow openly transgender people to serve is simply outstanding.
The key word there is “people”. No matter a person’s sexual orientation or thoughts, they are people, and in the case of the United States, citizens who should be accorded the same rights (and attendant responsibilities) as everyone else.
I’ve been impressed with DoD for taking the lead on many LGBTQ issues in the past decade. This latest step is another in that series of moves that can only be good for the country as a whole.