23 years ago today

It is the 23rd anniversary of my gender confirmation surgery, which was performed by Dr. Eugene Schrang at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, WI. Dr. Schrang is now retired, but then, so am I.

That's about all the celebrating I shall do on account of the event.

Yesterday, a letter was sent to our less-than esteemed leader.

Dear President Trump,

On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which represents over 2,000 Reform rabbis, I call on you to maintain the current Department of Defense guidelines welcoming transgender people to serve openly in the United States military.

Transgender people have served in the U.S. armed forces throughout our nation’s history, and there are thousands of transgender and gender non-conforming people currently serving our country. They sacrifice each day in ways large and small and have committed to, if necessary, paying the ultimate price to keep our nation safe. To ban these brave individuals from further service is an insult to their sacrifice, a rejection of their commitment to our nation, and a step backward in the fight toward full equality for LGBTQ people.

A Rand Corporation study recently indicated that 18 countries allow transgender military personnel to serve openly. Based on intelligence gathered from foreign militaries and the U.S. military, this study found “no significant impact on unit cohesion or operational readiness as a result of allowing transgender…personnel to serve openly.”

As Jews, our faith is rooted in the intrinsic value of the holiness in all people. As we read in Genesis, every living person is created “btzelem elohim, in the image of god.” Every human being, regardless of their gender identity, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Using gender identity as a qualifier for service in our armed forces directly contradicts this principal, and represents an outdated and divisive ideology.

We urge you to follow the advice of your own military leaders and maintain current guidelines welcoming transgender people serving in the United States armed forces, and allow the thousands of brave individuals to continue protecting the country they love.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Cc: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

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I am so glad that you were able to have the surgery.

I far prefer that news to any news about Trump.

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@HenryAWallace Happy anniversary, Robyn!

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We love you just the way you are.

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Life is strong. I'm weak, but Life is strong.

Congratulations!

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thanatokephaloides's picture

...... has this excellent article centering on trans man Cazembe Jackson, who has several very useful things to contribute to the LGBTQ struggle for respect in this country. I think the article's well worth the read.

And happy anniversary! I am gratified that you are now able to live and be as you Will to live and be. I am old enough to remember when that wasn't possible. and when Christine Jorgensen first broke through that particular barrier.

Solidarity!

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