In the days since President Donald Trump tweeted his intention to ban all transgender people from the serving in the military “in any capacity,” people have spoken out in various ways. Transgender veterans have weighed in on the issue, while lawyers and civil rights advocates have offered their help. In Washington, meanwhile, 45 senators signed a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging him not to instate the ban.
For Dr. Christine McGinn, a former Navy surgeon who is transgender herself, the answer to Trump’s announcement was to offer free gender confirmation surgeries to transgender service members who may be affected. McGinn was named senior flight surgeon at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in 2000, the same year she began her transition. She was once nominated for flight surgeon of the year.
“If the commander-in-chief won’t take care of our veterans, our veterans will,” McGinn told Smerconish. “I will do surgery for free …