Transgender Survivor

 Regardless of what the former administration did to discourage transgender service in the military, several trans troops managed to survive the purge. 

An example is Staff Sgt. Patricia King:

Transgender Infantry Woman Staff Sgt. Patricia King

Staff Sgt. Patricia King did as many have done by trying to lose themselves in the masculinity of  the infantry. The difference, in this case, is 16-year veteran SSG King is still on active duty making her the very first out transgender infantry sergeant. SSgt King recently said to “Planet Transgender”

“Everyone else I know who was on active duty like myself felt strongly compelled to wait until after we got out to come out. It wasn’t a choice. Even back in the 80’s it was ok to be perceived as gay, especially in a shortage MOS (job classification)  like mine, no one would say anything unless you stood on the commanders desk and shouted it out.”

King went on to say: ” “I’m the first openly transgender infantryman in the Army,” King said.The Army has accepted lesbians and gays into the ranks since 2011, but transgender life is a violation of regulations – a fireable offense. “These conditions render an individual administratively unfit rather than unfit because of physical illness or medical disability,” Army regulations say.”

Of course now as I write this, President Biden is expected to lift the ban on service by transgender troops. Making Patricia Kings’ service so much more remarkable. 

2 Comments

  1. While I am a pacifist myself, I think it’s important that transgender people who want to serve are able to serve in the military. I’m glad that Biden ended this ban.

  2. I am a pacifist too but decided to serve when I was drafted into the Army years ago. Thus I certainly for Biden’s ending the ridiculous ban. Thanks for the comment!

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