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.


Related Reading:

Groups Advise Trans Servicemembers Ahead of DADT Repeal

LGBT Morning Mix: Statements on DADT’s Demise

LGBT Morning Mix: DADT is Dead!

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

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

Roxane Connor
Roxane Connor5 years ago

No one is free until everyone is free.

Mary L.
Mary L.5 years ago

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

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago

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

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn5 years ago

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

Sharon A.
Sharon A.5 years ago

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

Emily M.
Emily M.5 years ago

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!

Hope K.
Hope K.5 years ago

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

Bruce H.
Bruce H.5 years ago

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.

Mickey Jones
Mickey Jones5 years ago

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!