Annotated
Bibliography: Military Transgender Policy

ENG1200,
English Composition II

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Dec
6, 2017

Coralin
S. Henry

Professor
Bomhower, M. PH.D.C

South
University

 

Ross,
A. (2013, December 2). THE INVISIBLE ARMY: WHY THE MILITARY NEEDS TO RESCIND ITS
BAN ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS. Retrieved December 6, 2017, from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.southuniversity.libproxy.edmc.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=2&sid=4a5d7d9a-e7d9-4536-95e9-af829ec91dbe%40sessionmgr4010

This article discussed the
attention received by the well-publicized repeal of the law “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” put in place by the military to ban transgender service members. The
policy is summarized and both sides were addressed. Ross does a great job at
explaining the details of the policy and to whom it applies. She outlines some
fundamental problems regarding the way that transgenders are addressed and how
they are ostracized in o a certain category almost as though they aren’t
human. The military felt as though they could not properly serve in their
“condition” therefore they banned them from service. Ross’ rhetoric was soft as
not to offend the reader.

 

Montegary,
L. (2015, June 1). Militarizing US Homonormativities: The Making of “Ready,
Willing and Able” Gay Citizens. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from
http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.southuniversity.libproxy.edmc.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid=7&sid=4dc14b54-472d-4eab-a467-0d183422ffad%40sessionmgr4010&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=qth&AN=102385115

The article looks at the
movement to repeal the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. It
was regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military personnel
and their ability to serve. Careful focus is given to the anti-DADT work of
Eric Alva, a gay Latino marine, with the organization the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC). Details on Alva’s identity as a person of color and a disabled man are
presented. Montegary addressed his citizenship and the fact of him still being
allowed to serve as an immigrant but his rights as a human were suspending him
from serving in the military. Montegary effectively addressed the opponent
without becoming harsh in her rhetoric even was thought to have been a major
civil rights victory and other scholars and activists refused to applaud the
repeal movement’s success.

 

Folaron,
I., & Lovasz, M. (2016, October 1). Military Considerations in Transsexual
Care of the Active Duty Member. Retrieved December 6, 2017, from
http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.southuniversity.libproxy.edmc.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid=13=4dc14b54-472d-4eab-a467-0d183422ffad%40sessionmgr4010=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=a9h=118735416

 

Folaron and Lovasz
addressed in the article that recently there has been significant activity
surrounding the rules related to transgender active duty members in the U.S.
military. The Secretary of Defense released a new instruction allowing
transgender members to serve openly and also allowed them the option of
transitioning while in active duty, repealing the old policy disqualifying
transgender members from continued service. There is a reasonable expectation
that some may pursue medical and surgical options toward gender transition. The
clinical pathway for gender transition relies heavily on Mental Health and
Endocrinology services. Folaron and Lovasz highlights the medical aspects of
gender transition and how they can affect readiness and the delivery of
military health care. They also mention how this will affect the
non-transgender service members and the overall readiness of the military. This
was a very academic article.

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