He only wants to serve: Transgender and ready to enlist in the military

Chad, a proud ROTC graduate (Credit: Courtesy of Chad)

When Chad came back to his grandparents’ house for Christmas in 2010, he found Iowa unbearably cold. He had spent the last few years living in a desert climate as a university student in Nevada. Being back in Iowa, Chad was inundated with childhood memories: playing GI Joes in the living room and sledding down the hill in the backyard with his sister and me, their cousin.

“Hey, grandpa,” said Chad with excitement. His...

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