Sunday, July 02, 2017

"Transgender, at War and in Love": NY Times short about transgender USAF personnel at Kandahar

Transgender, at War and in Love”, directed by Fioma Dawson. Is a very important 2015 short film (13 minutes) sponsored by the New York Times op-ed desk.

The film maintains that 15,500 transgender troops serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The film focuses particularly on the story of Logan, serving in the US Air Force in Kandahar, female-to-male trans.  His first sergeant has his back and allows him to wear male Blues.   He looks male, and is shown giving himself a hormone shot in the thigh.  (Why the tattoo on the upper surface of the forearm?)

The film also shows Daila, male to female, who has a much harder time.

As of late June, 2017, the Pentagon wants to delay allowing openly transgender people to enlist in the Armed Forces (see LGBT blog July 1, 2017).

The film also interviews Logan’s parents.

By US Army - Department of Defense - Photo link Also available at isafmedia (Flickr), Public Domain, Link

Update: July 27.  We're reeling from Trump's Twitter announcement of a ban on transgender personnel (see GLBT blog today). 

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