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South Korea’s First Transgender Soldier Found Dead At Home After Being Discharged From Military

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Ms Byun wept at a press conference last year after she was discharged – begging to be allowed back into the military and saying it had been her life’s dream to serve.

She subsequently filed a lawsuit against her dismissal with a hearing due in April this year, a spokeswoman for the Center for Military Human Rights Korea said.

The cause of her death was not made immediately clear, with police saying an investigation has been launched.

However, a spokesman for the National Mental Health Center where Ms Byun had been receiving treatment, said it seems that she had taken the decision to end her life.

Workers at the centre said they contacted emergency services after being unable to contact Ms Byun since February 28.

Firefighters were called her home around 6pm Wednesday and found her body ‘in a state of decomposition’.

Local media reported that Ms Byun had been receiving mental health treatment after a previous attempt at suicide three months ago.

Sergeant Byun had joined the military in 2017 as an officer after studying at a specialist military college, and became a tank driver.

Ms Byun wept at a press conference last year after she was discharged – begging to be allowed back into the military and saying it had been her life’s dream to serve.

She subsequently filed a lawsuit against her dismissal with a hearing due in April this year, a spokeswoman for the Center for Military Human Rights Korea said.

The cause of her death was not made immediately clear, with police saying an investigation has been launched.

However, a spokesman for the National Mental Health Center where Ms Byun had been receiving treatment, said it seems that she had taken the decision to end her life.

Workers at the centre said they contacted emergency services after being unable to contact Ms Byun since February 28.

Firefighters were called her home around 6pm Wednesday and found her body ‘in a state of decomposition’.

Local media reported that Ms Byun had been receiving mental health treatment after a previous attempt at suicide three months ago.

Sergeant Byun had joined the military in 2017 as an officer after studying at a specialist military college, and became a tank driver.

Written by: Ayomide Ayodele

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