Byun Hee Soo Wiki – Byun Hee Soo Bio
Byun Hee Soo was South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, has been found dead at her home.
The cause of death of Hee-soo, a transgender rights campaigner, is not yet known.
She was 23 years old.
Byun Hee Soo Found Dead
Ms. Byun transgender former soldier who was forcibly discharged from the Army last year was found dead at her home, police said Wednesday.
The Army made the discharge decision in January last year after judging that Byun’s loss of male genitals belongs to the Level 3 physical disability under the military laws.
Ms. Byun’s case triggered a debate about the treatment of transgender troops and soldiers from the LGBTQ community in the country.
She previously told reporters that apart from her gender identity, she wanted to show everyone that she could also be one of the great soldiers who protect the country.
All able-bodied South Korean men are required to carry out military service for nearly two years.
In December, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea said the decision not to allow her to continue to serve in the military had no legal grounds.
South Korea is far less tolerant of the LGBTQ community than its East Asian neighbors.
Being LGBT is often seen as a disability or a mental illness, or by powerful conservative churches as a sin, and there are no anti-discrimination laws in the country.
In Ms. Byun’s case, anti-LGBT campaigners had attempted to identify her online. They also held demonstrations urging the military to dismiss her after news about the case emerged and have called for further demonstrations.