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Expelled Korean trans soldier wins her battle ... but too late for her

Woman kills herself before court could overrule army’s declaration of her as ‘disabled’ for having gender reassignment

Sangmi Cha

A South Korean soldier who committed suicide earlier this year after being dismissed by the army for having gender reassignment surgery won a posthumous victory on Thursday, as a court told the army to recognise her as a woman and annul her dismissal.

Staff Sgt Byun Hui-su had wanted a transfer to the military’s female corps after undergoing the surgery, but was dismissed in January 2020 on grounds that gender reassignment rendered her “disabled” and unfit for service.

Byun went to court seeking reinstatement, but she took her own life in March before the case was resolved. Regardless of her death, the outcome of the case is expected to hold implications for the military’s policy on sexual minorities...

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