Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Tyler becomes Taylor: A transgender Coast Guard officer in transition

Tyler becomes Taylor: A transgender Coast Guard officer in transition

Despite the assertion that it would cost the military too much to implement a transgender-inclusive policy, the Department of Defense spent five times more on Viagra in 2014 than it would on care for transgender troops.

Less than a week after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would ban transgender service members from the military, dozens of retired generals and admirals have come out against the proposed policy, saying it would "cause significant disruptions" and "deprive the military of mission-critical talent". "I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of the Washington Post last week". She suffers isolation in the Coast Guard and her parents have disowned her.

"And I told Taylor, I will not turn my back - we have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith", Zukunft said. "We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith'".

The Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security but "aligns closely with Department of Defense on accessions and workforce/HR policies and will be working with them on this new policy going forward", according to a department spokesperson.

But the announcement blindsided Mattis, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and service leaders.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, were not aware Trump planned to tweet about a ban on transgender service members, three United States defense officials told CNN Wednesday, an indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President's announcement. "Her family is the United States Coast Guard".

'Transgender troops have been serving honorably and openly for the past year, and have been widely praised by commanders, ' the letter states.

Asked if Trump's Wednesday tweets were the only White House guidance the Pentagon had received so far on the topic, Davis responded: "Correct".

Despite Trump's tweets, the Pentagon has made no change to the Obama-era policy that removed the ban on openly serving transgender troops and pushed the military branches to find ways to include and recruit transgender Americans.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was notified by Kelly about the issue shortly thereafter.

The US President said he would "not accept or allow" transgender people to serve "in any capacity".

"We've stood up a tiger team of our JAG officers", he said, referring to the Judge Advocate General's Corps, the Coast Guard's legal branch.

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