Wednesday, April 12, 2017

First Israeli transgender officer stresses education, inclusiveness to Canadian Forces - TORONTO STAR

Originally published: April 11, 2017

A transgender officer for the Israel Defence Forces met with senior officials in the Canadian Forces, who are still wrestling with their own policy on transgender issues in the military.

Shachar Erez recalls the day five years ago when, as an 18-year-old female Israeli soldier, the time had come to tell his commanding officer something profound about himself — that he believed he was a man.

He had already broken the news to his family, including his two younger brothers, and it had come as no surprise. When he was two, he asked his parents to cut his hair; at five, his dresses and skirts were tossed out.

But what would his army commander think? She was only 19, herself. “She only asked me one thing: how can I help? It was amazing.”