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Running head: SEXUAL TOLERANCE: TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS 1 Sexual Tolerance: The Times They are A’changing: Transgender Service Members CHFD220 Human Sexuality American Military University Melissa Leonhardt 18 th August 2019
MASTERS & JOHNSON SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 2 Remember the days of "Don't ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, and Don't Harass" a policy requesting gay and lesbian service members to be silent about their sexual orientation. This policy instituted in 1993 should have help to lift the ban and ease the burden on gays and lesbians joining the military, but what it did instead was to continue discrimination against those who collectively were repressed not only by the military but by American society as a whole. During the time it was implemented, thousands of men and women were discharged from the military under unfavorable circumstances due to their sexual orientation. This means that many lesbian and gay service members were disconnected from the military with little to no benefits or support. Flash forward to 2010 when "Don't ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was officially rejected, allowing homosexuals to join the ranks openly, then in 2013 same-sex marriage became legal. Who would have thought back in1993 or 1982 when the Department of Defense altogether banned homosexuals from joining the military that in 2013, they would be welcomed into the armed forces? While policies were enacted in and out of the military to guaranteed that gay and lesbian couples would be able to legally marry, benefit from legal unions, and be fully protected in cases of discrimination, our idea of sexual orientation was evolving. The article I have selected for this paper was published on 8 th March 2019 by the Military Daily News entitled “Pentagon Set to Block some Transgender People from Joining the Military”. It is important to look at this topic because past discussions about blocking the ability for transgender people to enter the military has made its rounds dredging up debates about sexual tolerance. Indeed times are changing; there has been a progressive push towards normalizing same-sex coupling and accepting other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. More Americans now openly support LGBTQ than 20 years ago. Many see nothing wrong with working and living alongside members of the LGBTQ community, so when
MASTERS & JOHNSON SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 3 President Donald Trump revealed that a policy was being established to ban transgender service

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