Transgender solon wants to join military as reservist


Posted at Feb 16 2017 01:10 PM

MANILA - The country's first transgender lawmaker said Thursday she would apply in the military as reserve officer, testing the openness of the conservative organization.

Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman said that as a transgender woman, she would wear a woman's haircut and uniform.

The military said it was willing to accept members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community in their ranks, as long as they conduct themselves with "dignity." 

Roman said she wanted to show that the members of the LGBT community "can exemplify the same sense of discipline, the same military professionalism, and the same love of country that the current men and women in uniform embody."