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South Korea's first transgender soldier found dead

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA.- A noncommissioned officer, whose name was not disclosed, cries during a press conference about the Army's decision to enforce it by force at the Military Center for Human Rights in Seoul on January 22, 2020. The Army High Review Committee made the decision at a meeting earlier in the day. The officer underwent gender transition surgery abroad during a permit late last year and has expressed hope to continue serving in the army as a female soldier.

South Korea's first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military last year for having gender reassignment surgery, was found dead in her home on Wednesday, authorities said.

Seoul, South KoreaSouth Korea's first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military last year for having gender reassignment surgery, was found dead in her home on Wednesday, authorities said.

Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant before being discharged after she had the operation in Thailand while on leave, was found by emergency officials at her home in the city of Cheongju, south of Seoul.

A local counseling center, at which Byun was registered, reported to emergency officials that she could not be contacted since February 28, the local fire department said.

Cheongju police confirmed the dead body they found in Byun's home Wednesday was the former soldier.

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