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How Leaving The Army Special Forces Helped This Transgender Woman Love Herself

A U.S. Army veteran forces herself into the military after suffering a troubled childhood. Alana McLaughlin says she was not accepted by her family when she came out gay and transgender, ultimately leading her down a path of self-destruction. She left the military in 2010 and began taking hormones to change her body. Failed attempts left her leaning on friends for support. Now Alana has undergone all of her desired reassignment surgeries and barely recognizes the soldier she was before.

Don't Ask Don't Tell policy

January 1, 1970

The ban on openly gay men and women in the military is about to be repealed.