Day 11 – It’s Veterans Day: Support trans veterans

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Many people are surprised to learn that transgender people are far more likely to be military veterans than most other population categories. As a whole, 20% of transgender people are veterans, compared to less than 1% of the general public. Trans elders are even more likely to be vets: 41% of trans elders are veterans, compared to 24.4% of LGB elders.

Under the last Administration, the Veterans Administration (VA) issued many progressive guidelines for serving trans vets. One can be found here: https://transequality.org/issues/resources/veterans-health-administration-transgender-healthcare-directive

In addition, processes were improved to help veterans bring their military records into alignment with their identity. Advice on how to do that is here.

Looking for more detailed data on trans vets? Try this 2014 Williams Institute study.

A clearinghouse of useful information and resources has been collected at the Transgender American Veterans Association.

Although it still says “draft” and “not for distribution,” the SPART*A (Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All) website is includes “Transgender Military Service: A Guide to Implementation.” This comprehensive document is a guide that “…recommends specific steps to implement the inclusion of transgender service members into the United States Armed Forces, based on a detailed review of relevant allied military and US civilian policies and practices.”  You can find it through a link at https://spartapride.org/resources/

If you are interested in helping advocate for trans veterans and trans people currently serving in the military, check out these:

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