South Korea’s first transgender soldier found dead

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South Korea’s first transgender soldier was found dead on Wednesday, one year after being dismissed.

Byun Hee-soo, who was kicked out of the military in 2020 for getting gender reassignment surgery without military authorization, was reportedly discovered following a residential welfare check.

The soldier, who was born a biological male, resided in Gyeonggi, north of Seoul.

Byun was dismissed for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, which is often pursued as a method for men and women to alleviate a condition known as gender dysphoria.

Accoridng to the BBC, Byun had petitioned for reinstatement but was denied last summer.

In the past, Byun had alluded to a lawsuit against the military, claiming that the soldier’s dismissal was unethical.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required to carry out military service for nearly two years.

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