South Korea to decide on first transgender soldier amid debate

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01/16/2020

South Korea’s military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge the first soldier to have undergone gender reassignment surgery, which has sparked national debate about the treatment of LGBT troops. The soldier, who holds the rank of staff sergeant and is stationed in Gyeonggi Province, north of Seoul, received the operation overseas last year while on leave, and expressed hope to continue serving in the female corps, an army official said. The military has not identified the soldier. The official said the soldier was at a military hospital receiving post-surgery treatment. The military will hold discussions as early as next week to decide on the soldier’s fate as there are no regulations in Korea concerning transgender troops, the official said.

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