South Korea’s first identified transgender soldier discovered useless

South Korea’s first identified transgender soldier — who was discharged from the navy final yr — was discovered useless in her dwelling on Wednesday, officers stated.

Byun Hui-su was discovered by rescue staff after native psychological well being counselors reported she had not responded for days, in accordance with Shin Jeong-hwan, a hearth division official within the central metropolis of Cheongju.

Byun, who had been a workers sergeant and tank driver, was discharged in January 2020 for present process gender reassignment surgical procedure.

She protested the navy’s choice, however her petition for reinstatement was denied final July.

Human rights advocates got here to Byun’s protection, arguing her elimination from the navy was discriminatory.

South Korea prohibits transgender folks from becoming a member of the navy.

Byun stated she had suffered despair over her sexual identification for an prolonged time frame. She acquired gender reassignment surgical procedure in Thailand in 2019.

With Submit wires