"And so, that is the commitment to our people right now." In the wake of Trump's announcement, the admiral said his second call about the transgender ban was to retired Gen.
Now they’ve surpassed themselves, with a character called Rear Admiral Alex Burton, who is apparently Commander UK Maritime Forces. He seems to have modelled himself on David Brent, from The Office: ‘I suppose I’ve created an atmosphere where I’m a friend first and a boss second. He tweeted: ‘As an @Royal Navy_LGBT champion and senior warfighter I am so glad we are not going this way.’Senior warfighter? His job description sounds like an advert from the Guardian. .’ given that most of our warships are about as reliable as Del Boy’s Reliant Regal van.
Probably an entertainer third.’Rear Admiral Burton advertises himself on his Twitter feed as a ‘Husband, Father, Warrior, Sailor . .’He might just as well have added: ‘Actress, Model, Whatever . .’I only became aware of him yesterday, when he waded into the squabble over Donald Trump banning transgender people from joining the U. ‘The Royal Navy wishes to hire an LGBT champion and senior warfighter. We especially welcome applications from the trans community, which is currently under-represented.’Rear Admiral Burton’s official photograph makes him look like one of those gay Dutch policemen played by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. What we’ve got here is life imitating if not art, then certainly classic BBC comedy.
Speaking at a Washington think tank, Admiral Paul Zukunft, who is the commandant of the Coast Guard, said the service had reached out to the 13 Coast Guards who have come out as transgender.
“Very small numbers, but all of them are doing meaningful Coast Guard work today,” he said. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.’ So that is the commitment to our people right now.
Paul Zukunft said his first call after hearing of the ban last week was to one of 13 Coast Guardsmen who have come out as transgender under the Pentagon's year-old policy of open service.
"We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith," Zukunft said, recounting the conversation during a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Further down his Twitter feed is another picture of him posing in a U. carrier strike force baseball cap outside somewhere called ‘Bonaventure House’. Come to think of it, Burton could have added ‘New York, Paris, Peckham. I’m thinking in particular of the cross-dressing generals played by Graham Chapman in Monty Python, or Melvyn Hayes’ magnificent female impersonator Gunner ‘Gloria’ Beaumont in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.Sorry, but I couldn’t help thinking of Julian and Sandy, the alter egos of Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick in Round The Horne. These days, the military takes diversity so seriously that even Dick Emery’s camp character, Clarence — catchphrase ‘Hello, Honky Tonks’ — would have no difficulty signing up.When a cis person is attracted to a trans person, that should never be viewed (in and of itself) as a fetish, because that would cast any relationships between trans and cis people as shameful—just as same-sex relationships were called sick and perverted in decades past.Author Janet Mock has explained this rather elegantly.Once upon a time, when I was much earlier in my life as a woman and had more insecurity than wisdom, I briefly dated "Chad," a chaser.