For a long time now, military services are classified as a tough job designated to people with though personality and character.
However, time do really changed, former US President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on transgender people to serve in the military. THe decision of the former chief executive has been a great milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), opening a door for positive career and development.
But the lifting of a year-old policy approved by the US Defense Department under Obama has faces a strong opposition in the name of incumbent President Donald Trump.
Through his official twitter account, Trump has expressed his plan to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military takes the US off a short list of countries that allow individuals to serve in the armed forces regardless of gender identity.
Trump reverses a year-old policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still under final review.
It can be remembered that last June 2016, the Obama administration lifted a ban against transgender people serving openly in the armed forces.
Ex-president Obama signed a repeal of the Clinton era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2011 that blocked openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals from joining the military but prohibited military personnel from harassing or targeting closeted LGBT members.
As of now, different countries has okays transgender people to serve their armed groups. Without the US, 19 countries allow transgender so far the LGBT community in its military organization.
The list includes Thailand, whose armed forces only allow transgender individuals to serve in administrative and office roles, not in combat.
The Netherlands in 1974 became the first country to grant transgender people the right to serve in the armed forces.
Here are the list of nations allow transgender people in military and its timeline.
1. Netherlands (1974)
2. Sweden (1976)
3. Denmark (1978)
4. Norway (1979)
5-6. Australia and Canada (1992)
7. Israel (1993)
8. Czech Republic (1999)
9-13. UK, France, Germany, Estonia and Finland (2000)
14. Belgium (2003)
15. Austria (2004)
16-17. Spain and Thailand (in administrative positions) (2005)
18. Bolivia (2010)
Generally speaking, Western European militaries show a greater tendency toward inclusion of transgender individuals on its organizations. However, with the statistics right now really speaks a great lack of acceptance in the world.