A preview clip released last week for the upcoming web series TransMilitary features a snippet of an interview with an active-duty trans servicemember.
While the demise of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2011 meant that gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers can now serve openly in the military, U.S. Military Code still considers transgender identity a mental illness that renders soldiers or would-be soldiers unfit for service. Consequently, if a trans person wants to serve their country, they are still forced to do so in silence.
TransMilitary will draw attention to the existence of and hardships faced by trans servicemembers by telling the stories of real-life trans soldiers -- who risk their military careers for simply telling the truth about themselves. It will contrast the U.S. military's mandated closeting of trans servicemembers with their counterparts across the pond in the UK, who serve openly. The series is scheduled for release in spring 2014, and from the looks of things, it's going to be incredibly compelling.
Watch and see what courage looks like:
An extended trailer for TransMilitary is after the jump.