South Korean army to discharge transgender soldier | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 23, 2020

South Korean army to discharge transgender soldier

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 tolerant of LGBT rights than some other parts of Asia, with many gay and transgender Koreans living largely under the radar.

The soldier -- a staff sergeant in her 20s whose name has been withheld -- voluntarily enlisted before having gender-reassignment surgery in November in Thailand.

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