Lesbian Soldier Begins Sex-Change Process During Deployment to Afghanistan

By Susan Jones | October 19, 2012 | 6:22 AM EDT

An appeal for Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which finally happened in September 2011. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - A 26-year-old lesbian deployed to Afghanistan reportedly brought along male hormones -- part of her ongoing sex change from female to male, the Military Times reported this week.

The Specialist -- who eventually plans to take the name "Keith" -- says she has been legally married to a woman for the past two years. Contacted in Afghanistan by the newspaper, Keith said her voice is getting deeper: "I’m getting more muscle. I feel more energy. I feel more like myself," she was quoted as saying.

Keith also told the Military Times that her deployment to Afghanistan is a good opportunity to start taking male hormones: "I work out about every day, so the body definition is looking good.” She said she's able to work out more when she's deployed than she could when she's home.

The article notes that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last year allowed homosexuals to serve openly in the military, but it did not address transgender individuals. The Military Times said under military policy, troops diagnosed with "gender identity disorder" are deemed medically unfit for service and face administration separation.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a group that advocates "full LGBT equality" in the U.S. military, says transgender service is one of the issues that still must be addressed:

"It's a positive step that gays and lesbians serving our country can no longer be discharged just for who they are or whom they love. Sadly, that is not true for transgender people, who have served -- and are serving -- honorably while sacrificing who they are," SLDN said last month, as it marked the one-year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"Today we are thinking of our trans brothers and sisters, and commit that we will fight for their equality as well,” said Sue Fulton, Executive Director of Knights Out, an organization of West Point alumni, staff and faculty united in supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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