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    강의날짜 2016-08-04
    강의제목 US military lifts transgender ban
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    US military lifts transgender ban
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    History was made today when the Defense Department lifted one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Transgender people will now be allowed to serve openly, and they will be eligible for any medically necessary care, including surgery. David Martin is at the Pentagon tonight. 


    Transgender people were the last service members who could be kicked out not for something they had done but simply because of who they were. Defense Secretary Carter ended that today. "Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender." 


    Estimates of the number of transgender people in the military range from a low of 4,000 to a high of 11,000 out of a total force of 2 million. Army Reserve Captain Sage Fox found her career put on hold after she changed genders, even though, she says, it made her a better officer. 


    "Transitioning has allowed me to be better as a leader. Um, I have gotten rid of the distraction of worrying about, um, concealing who I really was." Fox had to rely on private insurance to cover her surgery, but from now on, the military will cover the cost of sex change operations approved by a doctor. 


    Once a service member switches gender, they would also switch to the barracks, bathrooms and showers used by their new gender. The decision comes after a year study during which Secretary Carter personally met with transgender service members. 


    "They've deployed all over the world serving on aircraft, submarines, forward operating bases and right here in the Pentagon." The US military is not a world leader when it comes to treating transgender service members equally. 18 other countries already allow them to serve openly in uniform. Josh? David Martin at the Pentagon tonight for us. Thank you.