In recent months, one of the key issues relating to transgender rights that has come up in public debate is that of out transgender military service. A leading trans legal scholar, however, tells BuzzFeed the focus is “likely to harm” other progress sought by the transgender community and is coming at “the whims of a few wealthy donors.” (…)
One of those wealthy donors “is Colonel Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune. In August, Colonel Pritzker came out as trans publicly. The Pritzker family, which includes Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, are true 1-percenters. Colonel Pritzker, along with ten other members of her family, are listed in the Forbes list of the “400 Richest Americans.” (…)
What’s wrong with the campaign for military inclusion? First and most obviously, it is pro-military. Like the campaign for gay and lesbian inclusion in military service, the talking points of this campaign center around romantic pro-war fantasies about the military.