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Old 07-28-2017, 02:12 PM   #16
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This is encouraging:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive...173633523.html

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.

The July 26-28 poll suggested that the country largely disagrees with President Donald Trump's announcement this week that he will ban transgender personnel from the armed forces.

When asked to weigh in on the debate, 58 percent of adults agreed with the statement, "Transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military." Twenty-seven percent said they should not while the rest answered "don't know."

Democrats mostly supported military service by transgender Americans while Republicans were more evenly split.

Among Republicans, 32 percent said transgender Americans should be allowed to serve, while 49 percent said they should not. Another 19 percent of Republicans said they don't know.

The public was also divided over the impact of banning transgender service members. Some 32 percent said it would "hurt morale" in the military while 17 percent said it would "improve morale." Another 33 percent felt it would "have no impact" and the rest said they don't know.

When asked about the impact on military capabilities, 14 percent said prohibiting transgender service members made the military "more capable" while 43 percent said "no impact," 22 percent said "less capable" and the rest said they don't know.
Not really surprised by the party line stances, but still, seeing that much support is always a good start .
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:46 PM   #17
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This past semester, in one of my English 101 classes, I had the theme for my class be about the gender revolution. For the three essays the class had to do, we covered: 1) masculinity/femininity 2) transgender people in the military 3) genderless pronouns

I did this theme for two reasons: 1) it would be an interesting topic to keep the students alert and opinionated about 2) things are changing in society and they need to be aware of it.

Most of students appreciated that I made them aware of a changing society. I made them think about living in a genderless society and the possibility of meeting trans people. I admit not all were thrilled with this topic, but there were no serious issues in terms of behavior. At one point, I invited three trans men, who were students at this college, to come speak to my class in order to make them more aware of trans people and the issues, and difficulties, they face. That kinda helped my students in the empathy department.

But I have no regrets about this theme. Most of my students were open-minded enough to go through this theme, and it did make them more aware. Things are changing and we all have to be aware. We can’t just ignore it, assuming it’ll go away because it won’t. What it means to be male and female is being challenged whether we like it or not, and it’s best to educate yourself about everything.

IWB, best of luck to you! I’m glad you shared your story. I’d love to learn more.
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