Byun Hee-soo Wiki
Byun Hee-soo Biography
Who was Byun Hee-soo ?
Byun Hee-soo was the first known transgender soldier in South Korea. She had risen to the rank of staff sergeant and was a tank driver before being discharged from the army in January 2020 after she underwent gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in November 2019. Wikipedia
South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, was found dead in her home.
How old was Byun Hee-soo ?
He was June 11, 1998, Cheongju-si, South Korea
Cause of Death
The cause of death of Byun Hee-soo, a transgender rights activist, is not yet known.
She launched a landmark legal challenge against the military in January last year over her firing.
Her request for reinstatement was rejected in July.
South Korea remains conservative on matters related to the LGBT community.
The 23-year-old had been receiving counseling from a mental health center near her home in Cheongju in Chungcheong province (which is south of Seoul). Her counselor became concerned about her after not hearing from her since February 28 and called emergency services.
South Korean soldier: “Criminal because I’m gay”
Ms. Byun’s case sparked a debate about the treatment of transgender troops and soldiers from the LGBTQ community in the country.
She previously told reporters that in addition to her gender identity, she wanted to show everyone that she could also be one of the great soldiers protecting the country.
All healthy men in South Korea have to do military service for almost two years.
In December, the Korean National Human Rights Commission said the decision not to allow him to continue serving in the military had no legal basis.
Media caption: In March of last year, Byun Hui-soo said that she would fight to remain a soldier.
South Korea is much less tolerant of the LGBTQ community than its East Asian neighbors.
Being LGBT is often viewed as a disability or mental illness, or powerful conservative churches as a sin, and there are no anti-discrimination laws in the country.
In Ms. Byun’s case, anti-LGBT activists had tried to identify her online. They also held demonstrations urging the military to fire her after news of the case emerged and they called for more demonstrations.