New Documentary Series to Share Stories of Transgender Service Members
October 16, 2013 by Noël Gordon, Senior Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity
Three years ago, HRC joined fair-minded Americans across the country in calling for an end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – the discriminatory ban on lesbians, gays, and bisexuals serving openly in the military. Now, a similar effort has emerged to extend that right to transgender armed service members who continue to suffer in silence.
TransMilitary is a new web series documenting the real-life stories of transgender Americans who are still denied the opportunity to serve while leading open and authentic lives. The United States Military considers transgender identity a mental disorder, despite the American Psychiatric Association removing it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in December 2012.
At the forefront of this effort is Allyson Robinson, a decorated army veteran and West Point graduate. Robinson has long been a champion of LGBT rights, having held key leadership positions at HRC and OutServe-SLDN. "Seeing [trans service members], hearing our stories; it changes the equation for many people," said Robinson in the trailer for the reality series.
Watch the trailer below.
Editor's Note:The United States Military considers transgender identity a mental disorder, despite the American Psychiatric Association removing “gender identity disorder” from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in December 2012. (More on the these DSM changes – which included the removal of the diagnosis as a ‘disorder’ and the addition of ‘gender dysphoria,’ to aid in accessing health care – are available in the APA fact sheet [.pdf]).
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