56 Retired Perfumed Princes and Princesses Denounce Trump’s Transgender Ban

The Palm Center

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the
following statement to the Palm Center today:

“The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving
transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause
significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and
compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to
live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose
between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy. As a result, the
proposed ban would degrade readiness even more than the failed ‘don’t
ask, don’t tell’ policy. Patriotic transgender Americans who are serving—
and who want to serve—must not be dismissed, deprived of medically
necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their

“President Trump seeks to ban transgender service members because of
the financial cost and disruption associated with transgender military
service. We respectfully disagree, and consider these claims to be without
merit. The RAND Corporation, as well as research in the New England Journal
of Medicine, found that the financial cost of providing health care to
transgender troops would be, at most, $8.4 million per year. This amounts
to one one-hundredth of one percent of the military’s annual health care
budget. As for ostensible disruptions, transgender troops have been
serving honorably and openly for the past year, and have been widely
praised by commanders. Eighteen foreign nations, including the UK and
Israel, allow transgender troops to serve, and none has reported any
detriment to readiness.

“Recently, two former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have taken
courageous stands in support of our transgender service members.
General Martin Dempsey said of our transgender troops that, ‘The service of
men and women who volunteer and who meet our standards of service is a
blessing, not a burden.’

“And Admiral Mike Mullen stated that, ‘I led our armed forces under the
flawed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and saw firsthand the harm to readiness
and morale when we fail to treat all service members according to the same
standards. Thousands of transgender Americans are currently serving in
uniform and there is no reason to single out these brave men and women
and deny them the medical care that they require. The military conducted a
thorough research process on this issue and concluded that inclusive
policy for transgender troops promotes readiness.’ Admiral Mullen urged
civilian leaders ‘to respect the military’s judgment and not to breach the
faith of service members who defend our freedoms.’ We could not agree

General John R. Allen, USMC (Retired)
General Robert W. Sennewald, USA (Retired)
Vice Admiral Donald Arthur, USN (Retired)
Lieutenant General Robert Gard, USA (Retired)
Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, USMC (Retired)
Vice Admiral Kevin P. Green, USN (Retired)
Lieutenant General Arlen D. Jameson, USAF (Retired)
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, USA (Retired)
Lieutenant General Willie Williams, USMC (Retired)
Major General Juan G. Ayala, USMC (Retired)
Major General Donna Barbisch, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral Chris Cole, USN (Retired)
Major General Vance Coleman, USA (Retired)
Major General J. Gary Cooper, USMC (Retired)
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Retired)
Major General Mari K. Eder, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral F. Stephen Glass, USN (Retired)
Major General Richard S. Haddad, USAF (Retired)
Major General Irv Halter, USAF (Retired)
Rear Admiral Jan Hamby, USN (Retired)
Major General Marcelite J. Harris, USAF (Retired)
Rear Admiral John Hutson, JAGC, USN (Retired)
Major General James R. Klugh, Sr., USA (Retired)
Major General Dennis Laich, USA (Retired)
Major General Randy Manner, USA (Retired)
Major General Dee Ann McWilliams, USA (Retired)
Major General John Phillips, USAF (Retired)
Major General Dana J.H. Pittard, USA (Retired)
Major General Gale Pollock, CRNA, FACHE, FAAN, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral Harold Robinson, USN (Retired)
Major General Patricia Rose, USAF (Retired)
Rear Admiral Alan Steinman, USPHS/USCG (Retired)
Major General Antonio Taguba, USA (Retired)
Major General Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, USA (Retired)
Major General Maggie Woodward, USAF (Retired)
Rear Admiral Dick Young, USN (Retired)
Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General Ricardo Aponte, USAF (Retired)
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (Retired)
Brigadier General David Brahms, USMC (Retired)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Retired)
Brigadier General Julia Cleckley, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral Jay DeLoach, USN (Retired)
Brigadier General John Douglass, USAF (Retired)
Brigadier General Evelyn “Pat” Foote, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General Judy M. Griego, NMANG (Retired)
Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral Gene Kendall, USN (Retired)
Brigadier General Thomas Kolditz, PhD, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General Carlos E. Martinez, USAF (Retired)
Brigadier General Ronald Rokosz, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General John M. Schuster, USA (Retired)
Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith, USN (Retired)
Brigadier Paul Gregory Smith, USA (Retired)
Brigadier General Marianne Watson, USA (Retired)

3 comments on “56 Retired Perfumed Princes and Princesses Denounce Trump’s Transgender Ban
  1. 13 of 46 by my count are Female Flag Officers. What weight was given to Combat Arms Flag Officers? I could count and research the other flag officers for Combat officer Leadership; but why waste my time. GEN Mattis and others are clear about their stance. Leadership has spoken by those who know by other means.

  2. Its amazing what people will do to prostitute themselves and their organizations in expectation of some sort of advantage. I have no doubt that these individuals are not the sort of people I would choose to baby sit my children nor entrust the care of a white hot stove to.

    My contempt for these individuals cannot be expressed sufficiently except to say, “DO not breed from these individuals.”

    This legend should be on a plaque with their names.

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