Transgender Military Vet Reacts To Supreme Court Ruling

The high court ruling allows the Trump administration to go ahead with plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
January 22, 2019 - 4:54 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Chance Thomas was a female when he served two tours of duty in the United States Navy between 1999 and 2015, but after a Supreme Court ruling Tuesday allowing the Trump administration restrictions on Transgender soldiers, he wouldn’t be able to reenlist if the restriction was implemented today.

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Thomas, who is transgendered, says anyone currently transitioning sex or currently meeting with a doctor and has a gender dysphoria diagnosis would to his understanding be "allowed to continue to pursue that. So if you’re openly trans and in the military and you’re serving and you’re on hormones, you’re allowed to still do that. If you have not started yet, you can’t.”

Thomas adds transgender groups online are issuing warnings, because there is currently no date for implementation, “so essentially, those groups and those people in those groups are kind of telling folks if they're trans and in the military to get all (their paperwork in order).”

He adds if you have been in the military for say 10 years and want to begin to transition you won’t be able to after the administration’s plan is implemented.

Chance Thomas

Thomas says he wants to be surprised by the ruling but he believes the current administration is “emboldening people to be discriminatory.”

No matter what happens in the end, Thomas says he will continue to proudly call himself a veteran.

“I am ashamed of what they are doing but my service is my service, nobody can take that away from me.”

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