After Trump’s comments last week about trans inclusion in the military, many are coming out in support of the trans community. One of the latest is ex-Navy surgeon Dr. Christine McGinn.
McGinn, who is trans herself and knows what it is like to serve, told CNN that if the U.S. government won’t pay for gender-confirming surgeries anymore, she will do it pro-bono. She also make comments about the proposed transgender ban in general, showing her support for allowing troops of all kinds to serve.
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“Some people opt to have no surgeries, but in general, most of my patients are back to work in six weeks, sometimes two weeks. I think that this is getting inflated to make it a little more political,” she told CNN, highlighting how able-bodied to serve she feels trans people can be shortly after a proceedure.
She also noted that as a trans woman and someone who proudly served in office, she finds the new anti-trans policy to be “blatant descrimination.”
“I think that this sounds a lot like when we had people of color who wanted to serve, women, or gays and lesbians who wanted to serve,” she said.