Just a day after Spanish transsexual Aitor G.R., had her application to join the Spanish army rejected, the nation’s The Ministry of Defense announced that it was revising its policy to allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces. Aitor made national news in Spain when she tried joining the army in 2006, but was rejected due to a 1989 prvosion that prevented men without penises from serving.
“La Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGTB) had required that the ministry apply the provisions institutes in 2007 to comply with a new sexual identity law. Already several months ago, the Minister for Defense, Carme Chacón, had announced a modification of the code on exclusions of personnel for medical reasons. These provisions prevented the incorporation in the army of the men “not having a penis, and suffering from the absence, of loss or atrophy of testicles”. The Defense Department’s [decision to change the code to allow transsexual to serve] delighted FELGTB, as it puts an end to a proven discrimination. “