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Trans Veteran’s Discharge Highlights Need for Equality (VIDEO)

Trans Veteran’s Discharge Highlights Need for Equality (VIDEO)


A transgender Army National Guard soldier discharged from the military just before the repeal of the military’s open service ban on gay personnel has spoken out to raise awareness that trans servicemembers continue to suffer under a discriminatory military climate and that trans rights as a whole continue to be largely ignored.

Staff Sergeant Rebecca Grant, who originally enlisted as male but began transitioning to female a couple of years ago, has spent over 10 years in the military and during that time toured in Bosnia and Iraq.

Despite having been highly praised and rewarded for her service, when a fellow soldier outed her as transgender in 2010 — one assumes that like so many trans servicemembers, Grant had remained closeted until this time — she faced poor treatment and harassment from fellow soldiers. Despite moving base and switching roles in the army so that she could better cope with the stress this had caused, Grant was found unfit to serve earlier this year and was discharged.

In the video below you can hear Grant talk about her service and the prejudice and harassment she faced when her trans identity became common knowledge.

The U.S. military classes transgender people and those with gender identity disorder as unfit to serve.

Around eight U.S. allies do, however, allow trans members to serve including the United Kingdom.


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5:35PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Thank you for serving and doing a job that not all are qualified for .

7:14AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

No one is free until everyone is free.

2:24PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Transgender people are the last and most in need of support at the moment.

1:48PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

I am glad Rebecca is speaking out about this. It is heartbreaking

7:45AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Komrad Klinton's legacy sucks. Down with gender phobias and prejudice!

6:42AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Keep fighting Rebecca. I served with many "different" people in my 20 years and am damn proud of the job we did together!!!

6:23AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

DADT does not protect trans people from being discharged in the military. The United States should be thankful that anyone who is oppressed by this cissexist country is still willing to serve it. They keep rapists in the military, but they'd kick out a perfectly lawful and loyal service member for being transgender? It's ridiculous!

5:31AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

People are afraid of what they don't understand, they need to learn that there's no need to be afraid! Educate people.

5:17AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

While DADT may be dead, that was a convenient excuse, valid or not, for discharging Transgender from the military. I don't understand, but what do I know, I was just enlisted. They have no basis other than the authorities are totally scared of something they know little or nothing about. We need to work to educate them so they can make intelligent decisions, not knee jerk decisions. To me, reacting the way they do shows them to be very poor officers and leaders.

4:41AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Although I served in the Army in 1965, before all this occured, when my commanders found out I was lesbian, I was honorably discharged! So, keep being strong and you will go far!
God bless you, Rebecca!

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