Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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DADT: And Then They Came For The Hermaphrodites

HERMAPHRODITE ARMY GENERALRep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)-a vet who has his father's old seat in the House, and who says democracy doesn't work?-came out swinging against Don't Ask Don't Tell. His point of view is that the military bond (ooh) is broken "if you open up to the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians." Oh, so we're against the life choice of hermaphrodites now?

In fact, intersex people aren't welcome to serve, but no one's quite sure how and why. There's this interesting comment on Politico:

As an Intersex person, currently in the US Military, they are currently banned from serving on Active duty, Reserve or even the National Guard. The closest thing that an Intersex person can do is serve in the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the US Air force Civil Air patrol. The US military bans intersex people not only on the gay issue, but also the medical issue as well because the military thinks that Intersex people will be a burden to them and to the military health care system.

Which backs up the research. Let's take a look at "Gender Identity and the Military – Transgender, Transsexual, and Intersex-identified Individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces," published in 2007 by the Palm Center!

Similarly, intersex-identified individuals are excluded from the U.S. military as "hermaphrodites," a term that is seen as pathologizing and pejorative by many. All U.S. military representatives we contacted indicated that intersex identified individuals are presumed to require greater medical attention than the armed forces can provide would therefore be excluded from service, although we were unable to identify any regulatory, legal or policy basis for this claim.

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"Great medical attention."
You know, like, if they have cooties'n'stuff.

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Moff (#28)

But wouldn't they be good as, like, spies?

HiredGoons (#603)

Double Agents.

These are the same arguments we heard before they lifted the ban on bon vivants.

Sproing (#561)

If you listen to the audio, it's like Melissa Block can't believe what she's hearing. http://tinyurl.com/y8lgr8w

Onjay (#2,679)

A special forces unit, the Flying Hermaphrodites, to boldly go where no…um…

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I think he came out swinging for DADT, not against. I was confused. Not gender-confused, mind you, just the regular type.

I'm the Intersex person who wrote that post in Politico. I am an Intersex person who is barred from going to Active duty, reserve or even the National Guard. Though the only exception the US military will ever allow is the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the US Air force Civil Air Patrol, Which I am in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as an Intersex person.

The only countries that allow intersex people in the service openly is Canada, UK, Spain, Israel, Czech republic and Thailand. The US is the only country that bans Intersex along with the gays from the military because the US Military believes that Intersex people will be a medical issue for them and they think that Intersex people will burden them and their military health care system. I know for one, Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces, allows intersex people to serve in all area's of the military and they don't have any problems with intersex people in the service.

My hope is that the US ends DADT within a year and allows intersex people such as myself to serve on Active duty.

HiredGoons (#603)

YOU'RE AWESOME!

Kelly Tall (#3,302)

Kudos to you Nicky Chaleunphone! It's people such as yourself, that stand up strong against this kind of ignorance, that make me feel proud to be an Intersex person. I personally feel the American's DADT policy to be something from the Dark Ages, and have felt disgust and disbelief at some of the television interviews I've watched recently with high ranking military officials. I can't believe how far some of these guys have their heads shoved up their own backsides and some of the comments they've been making. Sad to see that such sick, ignorant, hateful attitudes are still so prevalent in our society. :-( Keep up the brilliant work Nicky….You make me feel proud.

Yea, but I my hope is that this policy can be changed very soon so I can get a chance to jump in and serve as well. I am living proof that if you let Intersex people serve already as auxiliarist in the military, then why then let them in because they already see that in me already. I think they are stalling because some are afraid to CHANGE as Obama puts it.

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