New Policy: Transgender Guidelines for US Military /Psych Definitions/Disqualifications-Bullet Points

“On Wednesday, which was “International Transgender Day of Visibility,” the Pentagon announced their latest policies and regulations regarding transgender people in the military.

In a statement, the Department of Defense wrote, “The revised policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or an individual’s identification as transgender, provide a means by which to access into the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met, provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender, and seeks to protect the privacy of all Service members and to treat all Service members with dignity and respect.”

The Right Wire Report finds this article to be very informative on the subject matter. An additional article breaks down the new regulations specifically and serves as a great resource for comprehension on a complex issue.

Americans who identify as Transgender range from 0.3% – 0.6% of the entire population.

Please note recent changes to the DSM-5 :The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) — also known as DSM-5 — defines gender dysphoria in adolescents and adults as a “marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and their assigned gender, lasting at least 6 months, as manifested by at least two of the following:”

“Gender dysphoria” replaced “gender identity disorder” in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013effectively shifting the emphasis away from transgenderism as a disorder by focusing on the “significant distress” element of the new “gender dysphoria” term.

What are the true reasons this diagnostic criterion was changed? Share your thoughts in the comments below ( thoughtfully and respectfully).

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Posted by Bekah Lyons

"The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was born and raised in the enigma known as "The Big Easy." There, rooted along the banks of the great Mississippi River between the creeping bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was conscripted on all things pertaining to human nature.  I am the quintessential southern woman, that is to say, I defy most could never accurately define what that label truly represents.  Brined below sea level where one respects; the haunts lingering about, the force of storm surge, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family-I know what it is to belong to an organically diverse culture.

Early on in life, my career path serpentined and led to brief stints of living abroad in Europe as I indulged my passions for painting, musical theater, and the culinary arts. My young experiences evolved my purpose and honed my intuitive skills and I became a Medical Professional specializing in mental health with a focus on child/adolescent needs. After living decades in NOLA, and after hurricane  Katrina unearthed the realities of modern-day inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to relocate to where my family and I spent our summers in a quest to find security and civility in my life.

High up on one of the "grandfather mountains" I now perch in a Smoky mountain community in East Tennessee. Although, I would not trade my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately,  that era of  America  is  no longer obtainable in the times we live - changing course was the best decision "Evah!"

I am a warrior  for freedom and truth , steeped in my ancestral history ,I am constantly reminded that stillness and introspection expands the mind and heart to possess a more nuanced understanding of all things in our internal and external world. We are all destined to bash ourselves against the rotted cultural rocks of humanity's unraveling until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential for a free society. A healthy culture is one comprised of many unique people who offer shading and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to accept basic truths that bind us all together-a societal moral tone. Intolerance  , censorship, intersectionality, cancel culture, apathy ,and ignorance will only groom oppression and tyranny.  Critical thought, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right granted not by government -and must always be protected, championed, and defended.

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  1. I am wondering about this transgender in the military all a guy has to say he feels like a girl so he can shower with girls just asking

    • Yes, If one identifies as the sex they choose to be rather than the biological sex they are -and meets Gender Dysphoria criteria -they will be allowed to present themselves in all settings with the sex they identify with according to this new policy. Scary !

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