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Duncan Hunter on "hermaphrodites" in the military

Filed By Ed Team | February 04, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Duncan Hunter, palm center

"[T]he military is not civilian life, and I think the folks that have been in the military that have been in these very close situations with each other -- there has to be a special bond there, and I think that that bond is broken if you open up to the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians."

--Rep. Duncan Hunter on DADT repeal. Pam Spalding is quoted at the previous link as saying she's "pretty damn sure" that intersex people are already allowed in the military, but the Palm Center says that they are currently excluded.


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The evidence for exclusion of intersex people in that Palm Center study is that individual recruiters stated that they would not accept an intersex applicant, but could not point to any regulations backing up that policy. So, an out intersex person would probably be turned down by a bigoted recruiter, but there doesn't seem to be any policy on the issue and I'm guessing it would be hard for them to kick out someone who was already in the service.

Transsexualism is a paraphilia? Wow, I had no idea! And humans can actually be hermaphrodites? You learn so much from the army.

How about intersexed individuals and marriage? Who does a an intersexed person marry? Needs to be brought up in the same sex marriage cases.

My favorite part of that interview with NPR is when he was talking about cohesion in the military, and he says something to the effect of: "You know, it's just like here at NPR, your office; you don't have the gays running around announcing they're gay or anything, it would be bad for your office". What a moron.

My favorite part of that interview with NPR is when he was talking about cohesion in the military, and he says something to the effect of: "You know, it's just like here at NPR, your office; you don't have the gays running around announcing they're gay or anything, it would be bad for your office". What a moron.

Duncan is sooooo cute! I am a transsexual and I served in the Navy for over 20 years! No, I couldn't say anything about my gender identity while I was in, but it never interfered with my service to our nation. Along the way I met plenty of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and even a couple other trans people. The military services would be non-functional without the services of gender-variant people. It's too bad Duncan Hunter and a host of other politicians and military leaders are in total denial and/or oblivious to reality.