A South Korean transgender woman Wednesday lodged a human rights complaint against the military for forcing her to undergo genital surgery in order to be exempted from military duty.
The 22-year-old trans woman went through a mandatory medical checkup for the draft in 2012. She submitted a medical report that confirms a “crisis in sexual identity” and documents on her cross-sex hormone therapy to apply for a military exemption.
The Military Manpower Administration (MMA), however, rejected it, saying she would need to present convincing evidence that she would never be able to become a man again.
She had no choice but to undergo an orchiectomy and was exempted from the military duty in October 2013.
“The MMA demanded her to come up with an irreversible proof, obviously referring to the surgical removal of testicles,” Yun Da-rim, secretary general of the Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center, told the Korea Observer.
“Those who receive military medical checkups are in their early 20s and many of them simply cannot afford to have genital surgery. Can you imagine how much an ordeal a transgender woman has to suffer to live with male conscripts?”
Yun argued that trans women should be exempted from their compulsory military duty without undergoing genital surgery as no measures have been taken to protect the rights of sexual minorities in the barracks.
In 2013, the court ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to change their legal gender status without genital surgery.
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lull****: Wholly crap! LOL. So what will you do if one does a transgender cosplay in order to dodge military duty and lives as a man later with his penis again? 이런 미친~~ㅋㅋ그럼,군대가기 싫어서 트렌스젠더 코스프레 좀 하다가 면제받고 다시 거시기달고 남자로 살면 어쩌냐?