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US News S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

14:45  22 january  2020
14:45  22 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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South Korea ' s military decided Wednesday to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a South Korea prohibits transgender people from joining the military but has no specific laws on what to do with those who have sex change operations during their time in service.

South Korea ’ s military says it has decided to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery. 13, 2015, file photo, South Korean Army soldiers patrol during the demonstration of search operation at a training field near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su speaks during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) © Provided by Associated Press South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su speaks during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided Wednesday to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

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A transgender soldier who enlisted as a man and underwent a sex change last year will be discharged from South Korea ' s army, with the military saying Wednesday she had violated regulations. The country remains deeply conservative about matters of sexual identity and is less

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military on Wednesday decided to discharge a soldier who had undergone gender -reassignment surgery but wanted to remain in military service as a female. The decision was made amid an outcry from L.G.B.T. advocates in South Korea who said

It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to a military panel to determine whether to end his or her service due to a sex reassignment operation. South Korea prohibits transgender people from joining the military but has no specific laws on what to do with those who have sex reassignment operations during their time in service.

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su salutes during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.The sign reads © Provided by Associated Press South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su salutes during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.The sign reads "The Center for Military Human Right Korea." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The army said in a statement that it concluded the soldier’s operation can be considered a reason for discharge.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military announced on Wednesday it will discharge a soldier who underwent gender reassignment surgery, in a landmark case that sparked a national debate about the treatment of transgender members of the armed forces. The soldier , who holds the rank of staff

South Korea ' s military decided to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from South Korea ' s military bars transgender people from enlisting but has no rules in place for those who transition while serving ( AFP/Getty ).

It said the decision went through due process and was based on a related military law on personnel changes. Army officials cited a provision of the law allowing the military to discharge personnel with physical or mental disabilities if those problems weren’t a result of combat or in the line of duty.

After the ruling, the staff sergeant, who identified herself as a tank driver named Byun Hui-su, held a news conference at which she asked military leaders to reconsider their decision and let her serve as a female soldier.

She said becoming a soldier was her childhood dream and that she now wants to serve at the tense border with rival North Korea.

“Regardless of my sexual identity, I’d like to show everyone that I can become one of the great soldiers who protect this country,” Byun said, holding back tears. “Please give me that chance.”

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su leaves after a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) © Provided by Associated Press South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su leaves after a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Byun said she had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in November after suffering depression over her sexual identity for an extended period. She said in early 2019 she had the top score in an official assessment of tank driving skills among her battalion staff sergeants.

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The South Korean military is considering whether to discharge a service member who underwent gender reassignment surgery while on leave. This rare case highlights the perception that the military generally looks down on soldiers who are gay or transgender . Kim Ji-yeon reports.

South Korea ' s military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge The military will hold discussions as early as next week to decide on the soldier ’ s fate as there are Gays are not banned from the South Korean military but sex acts between two male soldiers are

Speaking at the same news conference, rights activist Lim Tae-hoon said he will fight alongside Byun and others to transform what he called “our savage military.”

Lim, the leader of the Seoul-based Center for Military Human Rights, took issue with the army's legal justification for discharging Byun. “I can’t resist feeling wretched at the military’s vulgar mindset as they determined that the lack of a male genital is a physical disability,” he said.

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su weeps during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.The sign reads © Provided by Associated Press South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su weeps during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.The sign reads "The Center for Military Human Right Korea." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea’s state-run human rights watchdog recommended Tuesday that the army postpone its decision. The National Human Rights Commission said in a statement that referring the soldier to the military panel would be an act of discrimination over sexual identity and affect the soldier’s basic human rights.

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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 Gays are not banned from the South Korean military but sex acts between two male soldiers are punishable by up to two years in prison.

South Korea ' s military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge The military will hold discussions as early as next week to decide on the soldier ’ s fate as there are Gays are not banned from the South Korean military but sex acts between two male soldiers are

Public views on gender issues in South Korea have gradually changed in recent years. Several gay-themed movies and TV dramas have become hits and some transgender entertainers have risen to stardom. However, a strong bias against sexual minorities still runs deep in South Korean society.

Activists say transgender people are likely to face harassment, abuse and insults, and many suffer from depression.

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