Byun Hui-Su Wiki – Byun Hui-su Bio
According to Shin Jeong-hwan, 23-year-old Byun Hui-su, a former sergeant and tank driver, has not been in contact with the local mental health counselors with whom he has been linked since Sunday, so they requested a welfare check at his home, Shin Jeong-hwan, Cheongju an official from the fire department.
Officials said the first transgender soldier discharged in January after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery in South Korea was found dead at his home Wednesday.
Byun Hui-Su Age
She was 23 years old.
Byun Hui-Su Background
Hui-su, who struggled with depression for a long time due to her gender identity, underwent sex-reassignment surgery in Thailand in November 2019 and hoped to serve in the army’s women’s corps.
Instead, the military demobilized him in January, saying the procedure was the reason for his dismissal. If the problems were not caused by the war or arose during the mission, they demonstrated a rule that allowed the military to get rid of physically or mentally handicapped soldiers.
They said the surgery made Hui-su unable to complete his tour of duty.
Hui-su said he would struggle with the layoffs and said he would sue at a press conference in January.
“I will continue to fight until the day I can stay to serve in the army,” he said.
“I will appeal to the Supreme Court until the end.”
The former soldier broke up while telling journalists about his struggle with gender dysphoria, the psychological condition attributed to the conflict between physical sex and gender identity.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to report my identity to my base, but once I did, I felt much better,” said Hui-su.
“I thought that I would finish my service in the army and then undergo transition surgery and enter the army again as a female soldier. But my depression became very severe.”
Byun Hui-Su Death & Cause
Byun Hui-su, 23, was found by emergency officials at his home in Cheongju, south of Seoul, on Wednesday, when consultants said they were unable to contact him.
Ms. Byun cried at a press conference after she was discharged last year – begging to be allowed to return to the army and saying that serving is her life’s dream.
A spokesperson for the Korean Military Human Rights Center said that he later filed a lawsuit against his dismissal at a trial in April this year.
The cause of death of the woman was not clarified immediately after the police said that an investigation was initiated.
However, a spokesperson for the National Mental Health Center, where Byun was being treated, said he seemed to have made the decision to take his life.
Employees at the center said they had contacted the emergency services since they had not been able to contact Ms. Byun since February 28.
Firefighters searched her home around 6:00 pm Wednesday and found her body in ‘rotting state’.
Local media reported that Ms. Byun received mental health treatment after attempting suicide three months ago.
Sergeant Byun joined as an officer in 2017 after studying at a military college and became a tank driver.
There, he showed himself as one of his battalion’s top scorer drivers.
However, she decided to go to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery in November 2019. Ms. Byun said she had been fighting over her identity for years.
She claimed that she was aware of the difficulties her superiors faced and that she had signed the permits knowing what she wanted to do.
However, when she turned to the she regiment, she realized that an investigation had been initiated that led to her being fired by senior officers.
The South Korean military does not explicitly prohibit gay or transsexuals from serving, but she was dismissed for mental health reasons.
A female soldier had previously been dismissed for similar reasons in 2006 when she had a double mastectomy when a breast cancer was detected.
She successfully challenged discharge.
Other gay soldiers say they were targeted by military chiefs under a rule that prohibits ‘sodomy’ – sometimes for consensual sex outside the base, the LA Times previously reported.