Professor Belkin: No Rationale to Bar Transgender Americans from Serving in Military

Monday, June 12, 2017
Photo of Aaron Belkin standing outdoors

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE -- “I think there’s concern in the community,” said Aaron Belkin, a San Francisco State Political Science professor who is director of the Palm Center, a public policy think tank that studies lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

“But I also think it’s pretty clear that social conservatives are trying to game the media with a sense that there’s a decision that needs to be made, and that policy hasn’t been established. And that there’s a problem, where there actually is no problem. Transgender troops have been serving loyally for a year,” he added, after the news that the Army and Marine Corps might seek delays. “If the Pentagon requires transgender applicants to lie to get into the military, this will be ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 2.0.”

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