Transgender troops testify before Congress in historic hearing over transgender ban

A Filipina U.S. Navy corpsman joined other service members for the biggest battles of their career this time in Capitol Hill.

Cebu-born, San Diego based Akira Wyatt testified to the Congress in a historic hearing over President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members.

She was joined by fellow transgender service members and medical experts at the House Armed Services Committee.

Wyatt shared her story of coming to the U.S. as a teenager and her family history of military service.

Like her peers, she talked about how their gender identity had never interfered with their missions.

“I grew up in the Philippines and migrated to the US at the age of 15. In bringing us here, it gave us the greatest gift, a chance to achieve high goals and to contribute to society. The Navy and Marines has now become my extended family, for the entirety of my service neither my sexuality nor my gender identity has lead to any disruption among my comrades and peers. In fact there’s nothing but positivity.”

She had also revealed that she was docked in Subic Bay during the homicide of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude at the hands of Marine Scott Pemberton.

Wyatt explained that she had to give Pemberton his medical check-up, when he was brought into U.S. custody, and despite some personal feelings, she carried out her job.

During his workup I looked into his eyes and it shook me cliche as it may sound I saw darkness, he felt cold and was without remorse for what he had done, in his presence I thought it could have been me I felt the painful moments before Jennifer’s death, regardless I had a mission, a mission to do as this marine’s corpsman, it doesn’t matter I’m here to treat everyone with dignity, respect and give them the medical care they need, my duty is to be my marine’s dock and that is what I’ll always do.”

Trump has argued that the presence of transgender military personnel is a burden, and caring for them had led to tremendous medical costs.

According to the defense department, the military spends about $8 million on caring for transgender members.

The panel also touched on the effects of the president’s tweet announcing the ban in 2017.

Lawsuits have managed to put the ban on hold, paving the way for Wednesday’s historic hearing.

Ranking Republican committee member Trent Kelly of Mississippi explained that not everyone could join the military because of the standards, but he added than any individual who could meet the standards and is qualified should be allowed to serve.

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  • Mario
    28 February 2019 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Under Trump administration BAKLA, BADING soldiers are banned into the US military due to expensive medical cost. A TRANSGENDER soldier used the military benefits to have SEX-CHANGE. The most expensive part is the monthly maintenance cost, paid by taxpayers money for life. After retirement VA Hospital will take care of them.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    1 March 2019 at 2:46 am - Reply

    According to Kevin Cortez (Air Force veteran), he stopped by a car shop in Suisun California for a smog check for his car. While waiting near the shop counter, a blond haired person wearing mini skirt approached one of the mechanics and began talking. To Kevin’s surprise, the blond haired lady began talking loud with a deep voice…m