Still Serving in Silence: Transgender Service Members and Veterans in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
Not a “hard science” finding, but an intriguing study nonetheless. In the wake of the Kristin Beck story, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) released a report late last week detailing the state of transgender people in the U.S. military.
The most interesting number (touted in the press release) is that:
twenty percent of transgender people have served in the military, which is double the percentage of the U.S. general population that has served.
An overwhelming number of those, according to the study, are people assigned male gender at birth.
This study seems to confirm one of the common experiences of many transwomen: that before we embrace our true selves, many women try to “man up,” to “be manly,” to chase traditionally male pursuits in an attempt to bury the dysphoria in a pit of testosterone and societal expectations. We try … and we fail.