“Administratively I shouldn’t exist. But I dndoo exist, so that’s still the problem.”
— Sgt. Shane Ortega, a helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. Ortega is a transgender man and could face being discharged because the U.S. military does not currently allow trans people to serve openly. The ACLU filed a petition in September on behalf of Ortega and other transgender soldiers to halt separation proceedings.
(The Washington Post, April 9)