The Navy can provide training to help sailors understand what it means when a person is transgender. U.S. Navy Photo
It was almost 0730, the air crisp and the sand damp. Red Bull in hand, I made my way to the theater for morning quarters. The squadron shuffled in and filled the seats. An officer stood and yawned as he stepped in front of the stage. “Can you all hear me?” He cleared his throat and announced a new type of training. We were told people who are transgender were now “accepted” into the U.S. Navy and the other military branches. I saw no acceptance of any kind in the crowd of more than 100 people.
Sarcastic laughs filled the background like Musak in a grocery store. The announcement caught me off guard as well, being told a woman who was once a man potentially could share a room with me. It felt different. Then a woman stood and asked the question it seemed everyone was thinking. “Does this mean I will share a bathroom with these people?”
From Fear to Acceptance