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Byun Hui-Su Biography
Byun Hui-Su was South Korea’s first transgender soldier reportedly discharged from the military last year after undergoing gender reassignment surgery, she has now been found dead in her home. Emergency workers found her at her home in Cheongju, south of Seoul, on Wednesday after her counselors said they had not been able to contact her.
Ms. Byun had been a top-tier driver in a tank regiment before being discharged from the army last year after undergoing surgery while she was on leave in Thailand.
Byun Hui-Su Age?
Byun Hui-Su was 23 years old at the time of her death.
Cause of death
Military leaders ruled at the time that she suffered from a physical or mental disability, which also excluded her from serving in female regiments. Ms. Byun cried at a press conference last year after she was discharged, begging to be allowed to return to the military and saying that it had been her life’s dream to serve as her.She subsequently filed a lawsuit against her dismissal with a hearing scheduled for April this year, said a spokeswoman for the Korean Center for Military Human Rights.
The cause of her death was not immediately clarified, and police said an investigation was launched.
However, a spokesperson for the National Mental Health Center where Ms Byun had been receiving treatment said that she appeared to have made the decision to end her life. Workers at the center said they contacted emergency services after not being able to reach Ms Byun since February 28.
Firefighters were called to her home around 6 pm Wednesday and found her body “in a state of decomposition.”
Local media reported that Ms Byun had been receiving mental health treatment after a previous suicide attempt three months ago.
Byun Hui-Su Transgender Soldier
Sergeant Byun had joined the army in 2017 as an officer after studying at a specialized military university and became a tank driver. There, he distinguished himself as one of the highest-scoring pilots in his battalion.
But in November 2019 he made the decision to go to Thailand for gender change surgery.
Ms. Byun said that she had been struggling for many years with her identity. She claimed that her senior officers were aware of her difficulties and had signed her license documents knowing what she intended to do.
However, upon returning to her regiment, she discovered that the higher ups had launched an investigation that resulted in her firing. The South Korean military does not explicitly prohibit gay or transgender people from serving, but she was fired from it on mental health grounds.