GOP Congressman Compares Transgender Soldiers To Castrated Slaves
Republican Iowa state Rep. Steve King compared transgender soldiers to castrated slaves while lamenting the defeat of a measure that would have prohibited the Army from covering the costs of sex reassignment surgery for transgender service people.
King remarked that in the Ottoman Empire, captured slaves were castrated, taking "virile, reproductive" men, and transforming them into eunuchs.
“...today, we’re here thinking somehow we’re going to make the military better by letting people line up at their recruitment center who have planned that they want to do sexual reassignment surgery, know that it’s expensive, and believe ‘if I can just get into any branch of the United States services — to the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines; maybe become a Navy SEAL — and then submit to sexual reassignment surgery and then go from a man to a woman.'”