The slow regression to get back to the civil rights of the 1950s, when America was Great (straight, white, male-dominated)
The $7-9 million a year it costs for the transgender people to be in the military, is that attributed
to the potential of transgender-related surgical costs or something?
I think so and it would be ongoing hrt (hormones,) as well. I was wondering if the US military/government actually funded that. When I was looking into it briefly before I found that they didn't use to fund that, but under the Obama administration they were thinking about funding it, but I wasn't sure if that started happening or not. I found this though which suggests they started doing that in late 2016:
There are between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender troops in the active-duty force of 1.3 million, according the RAND Corp. which conducted a study for the Pentagon. Of those troops, RAND estimates that between 30 and 140 would like hormone treatment, and 25 to 130 would seek surgery.
1,320 - 6,630 is a lot more than I thought, and they make up a much larger percentage than in the UK. Which is curious and I wonder if it has something to do with culture or how transpeople are documented (probably the latter,) since it says only 30-140 want hormone treatment, and 25-130 surgery. That's also the number that will be costing them anything btw.
If it's that much of a problem they could just get people to fund it themselves privately (but I don't think it is because their budget is gigantic,) that's what most transpeople in the US are doing anyway right now, because most people get private healthcare. It seems really odd to just say 'nope, no transpeople are allowed at all in any capacity'