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Only 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

Only 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

U.S. President Donald Trump has caused outrage by not allowing transgender people to join the military

Donald Trump’s decision to exclude transgender people from the U.S. Armed Forces has caused an outrage, among people who like to be outraged without understanding why.

In fact there are only 18 countries around the world who do include transgender people among their rank and file and all of them have specific policies relating to personnel that Obama did not include when he made his landmark ruling to allow transgender people to join up in the first place.

Even Thailand, the home of the ladyboy, does not allow transgenders to serve in the military. In fact, many in Thailand dress up as girls at the draft selection to avoid their compulsory military service.

So, one of the main things the perpetually outraged do not realise is that in the first place transgender people have only very recently been allowed to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

Secondly, and one you are not being told by the Media Who Cries Wolf, is that none of those who do accept transgender military personnel offer to pay for their sex changes.

Obama agreed to do that and the Trump administration feels that is an expense that should be born by the individual in question and not the American taxpayer.

You see, as soon as Obama made his ruling thousands of people jumped at the chance to have their transitions paid for by somebody else. IE, you. Which is an entirely Liberal feature. We want free stuff and you can all pay for it.

The President and the majority of the America population disagree with that sentiment.

This is the short list of countries that allow transgender people to join their armed forces, according to the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies Reoprt;

  1. Australia

  2. Austria

  3. Belgium

  4. Bolivia

  5. Canada

  6. Czech Republic

  7. Denmark

  8. Estonia

  9. Finland

  10. France

  11. Germany

  12. Israel

  13. Netherlands

  14. New Zealand

  15. Norway

  16. Spain

  17. Sweden

  18. United Kingdom



Canada ended its ban on LGBT personnel in the military in 1992. Transgender soldiers such as Cpl. Vincent Lamarre, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, now openly serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.

And since Bill C-16, which makes it a crime to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, was passed in the Senate in June, the military says it is updating its policies toward transgender individuals to ensure soldiers like Lamarre are accepted within its ranks.

Members of the Canadian Forces have also previously urged the U.S. military to follow Canada’s transgender policy and have been told to get stuffed.

Transgender Afghan Veteran 20170616
(Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)


The Australian Defence Force removed its ban on gay and lesbian service members in 1992, but only lifted its policy barring transgender individuals in 2010. Since then, military personnel such as Maj.

Donna Harding of the Australian Army Nursing Corps have been able to openly serve. Australia’s military has also published a diversity handbook on how to improve inclusion for personnel who are transitioning between genders while serving.

Donna Harding
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)


Since 1993, Israel has allowed openly LGBT people to serve in the Israel Defence Forces. Israeli transgender soldiers such as Shachar Erez, the first transgender officer in the IDF, have been international advocates for transgender rights for military personnel.

Erez travelled to Canada in April 2017 and met with senior Canadian Forces officials to discuss Canada’s policies on transgender issues in the military.

LGBT Israel Soldier 20170411
(Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

The Netherlands

The Dutch military became the first to allow LGBT individuals to serve in 1974 and it was also the first to set up an LGBT military support organization.

The Royal Netherlands Army embraces a “Do Tell” policy, routinely organizes floats in pride events and remains among the most inclusive militaries for transgender soldiers, according to The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

Netherlands Gays In The Military
(Bas Czerwinski/Associated Press)

United Kingdom

Since 2000, openly LGBT personnel have been allowed to serve in the United Kingdom military. For this year’s London Pride Week, all British Army units flew the rainbow flag and about 200 personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force also marched in the London Pride parade.

According to the British Army website, an LGBT Forum for service members also “exists to provide support to the LGBT community in particular those who may need encouragement and support to come out or in some cases to go through gender reassignment.”

british military london pride
(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

New Zealand

New Zealand’s military was ranked the most inclusive in the world according to a 2014 report on LGBT military personnel from The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

In 2012, the New Zealand Defence Force created OverWatch, a program designed to provide support to LGBT personnel such as Sgt. Lucy Jordan of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well as to their commanders, colleagues, families and friends.

Lucy jordan transgender nz
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)


The Swedish Armed Forces are regarded as some of the most progressive in terms LGBT inclusion.

Since Swedish parliamentarians passed the Discrimination Act in 2008, Swedish Armed Forces personnel such as Maj. Alexandra Larsson, who is transgender, have been legally protected against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.

Alexandra Larsson
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)


Germany only legalized same-sex marriage at the end of June, but it has allowed LGBT people to serve in its military for years. In 1990, it first allowed gay people to serve in the German armed forces, known as the Bundeswehr, and removed a ban on LGBT service members becoming officers in 2000.

(Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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