Transgender military members offered free surgeries by doctor

Talk about a trans action!

A former Navy surgeon says she will perform gender confirmation surgery — for free — for some members of the military affected by President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers.

Dr. Christine McGinn, herself transgender,told CNN‘s Michael Smerconish that any of her patients who were scheduled to receive the surgery before Trump’s announcement will undergo the procedure free of charge.

“If the commander-in-chief won’t take care of our veterans, our veterans will,” McGinn said. “I will do surgery for free on the number of people that I have already lined up for surgery, (and I am) more than happy (to).”

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McGinn was previously nominated in 2000 for the Navy’s flight surgeon of the year award during her tenure in the military. She also founded a transgender clinic in 2007 and has been a member of the Jim Collins Foundation advisory board — providing funds to members of the transgender community for their surgeries — since 2010.

In a series of tweets last Wednesday, Trump announced he was banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces, reversing an Obama-era policy and catching the Pentagon off guard. His tweets came with no follow-up course of action or instruction for how to proceed with the ban.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” Trump tweeted.

It is unclear if the military will stop providing reassignment surgeries for existing military personnel, but McGinn said her patients are unsure of their futures.

Transgender military members offered free surgeries by doctor

The doctor also disagreed with Trump’s claim that transgender service members “burdened” the military with “tremendous medical costs.”

In a series of tweets last Wednesday, Trump announced he was banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces, reversing an Obama-era policy and catching the Pentagon off guard.

In a series of tweets last Wednesday, Trump announced he was banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces, reversing an Obama-era policy and catching the Pentagon off guard.

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“It’s obvious discrimination,” she said. “I think any fifth-grader could see that.

“I think the cost of getting rid of very well specialized, trained military service people is exceptionally larger than just taking care of them,” she added.

A 2016 study from the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Department of Defense, estimated that between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serve in the military. Some public policy groups put the number as high as 15,500.

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The study estimated that there have been anywhere from 25 to 130 gender transition surgeries in the military and that about 30 to 140 hormone treatments are administered per year. It said that the overall cost could range from $2.4 million to $8.4 million — an “exceedingly small proportion” of the military’s total health care expenses.

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