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Army captain’s career may be in jeopardy because she is transgender

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US Army Captain Jennifer Peace is openly transgender.  But because of this fact alone she faces the possibility of being discharged.

Peace said she enlisted in the military as a male. But throughout her tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, she struggled with feeling comfortable and confident in her own body.

“I was in large open tents with men and I was in men’s bathrooms and I was so uncomfortable,” said Peace.

When she returned home and found transgender forums online, Peace said she had found her answers. The next step was to tell her wife.

“I had to grieve the loss of him,” said wife Deborah Peace. “It was probably the worst part.”

Deborah grew to accept the changes and says Jennifer has become an even better partner and parent.

The current army policy is to treat service members as the gender they were when they entered the military. Peace goes through everyday life as a woman with a female birth certificate, passport, and driver’s license. But as soon as she enters military ground, she must be treated as a man.

Peace hopes the Secretary of Defense will change the policy, but it might be too late for her. She could very easily discharged by the end of the year.

And Peace is not the only one. According to a study released by University of California-Los Angeles, there are about 15,000 transgender people serving in the military.   

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