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I'm Transgender And In The Military
On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military. He explained that the American Forces could no longer afford the medical costs and “disruption” of transgender service members. This news comes only a year after the approval of a policy from under President Barack Obama that would allow transgender people to openly serve. If you’re asking how many transgender people are actually in the military, we have some numbers for you. According to a 2016 RAND Corporation study, out of the approximately 1.3 million people who are considered active-duty members in 2014, about 2,450 of them are transgender (so 0.1-0.5% total). For years now, transgender equality has been the subject of many heated debates, with recent issues involving transgender bathroom laws and social acceptance in the workplace. Making the choice to serve in the military is a difficult one, and it can be even harder for someone whose gender identity does not coincide with what is considered “normal”. Read the Whispers below to gain some insight on what it’s like to be transgender while serving in the military.

You can feel forced to keep your true identity a secret.

1
 I'm trans ftm and I wish I could be open about it but I can't because I'm in the military.

Would you be able to ignore a part of yourself like this person?

2
I'm going into the military... And I have to leave the fact that I'm trans behind for a while... This kills me.

Feeling 100% comfortable with your fellow soldiers might be a challenge.

3
I'm trans in the army. I'm lucky I pass well so my company takes care of me like a little sister. But even those like brothers to me sometimes get nervous about insulting me so I make trans jokes

Even military hopefuls are faced with this struggle.

4
I'm a closet ftm and don't know how to come out to my family. Plus I already signed a military contract. I knew i should have waited.

Finding confidants isn't impossible.

5
I'm transgender and in the military (25 mtf). No one knows but my commander and therapist. I start hormone therapy on 1 Nov for transition

It must be difficult hiding your recovery.

6
I'm transgender post-op in the military and no one knows...
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