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A Trans Soldier Talks Military Discrimination in New Logo Doc Clip

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“I’m still the same person I was yesterday, or an hour ago.”

It's no secret that the United States military has a long history of excluding LGBTQ people from serving or discriminating against them from within. At one time serving in a branch of the military was seen as the near height of masculine expression, and queer and trans men and women didn't fit the type of mold the military was looking to fill for its soldiers.

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Though Donald Trump has put effort forth to ban transgender men and women from serving in the military, by the numbers it is still the largest employer of transgender people in the U.S., with some 15,500 trans-identifying people serving. A new Logo documentary, TransMilitary, follows four transgender troops who are fighting for freedom on two fronts: the country's and their own.

"The coming out thing - I don't think it's simple. Imagine if you're my soldier, or you're my battle buddy and I'm deploying with you and I tell you this thing," says First Lieutenant El Cook in a clip from the film. "Now you're uncomfortable and you have a name for it. Then it becomes very much not about my comfort or my safety, [it] becomes about your comfort and your safety. Because you feel threatened that I'm the same person I was yesterday, or an hour ago before I told you anything about me." Watch, below.

TransMilitary premieres Thursday, November 15 at 8p ET/PT on Logo.

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