This Is What It’s Like …

The U.S. military is entering a new era of open service for transgender troops. In January, President Biden reversed his predecessor’s ban on trans service members, and the Pentagon recently released a protocol for those who want to medically transition while serving.

The policy war is over, but now comes the hard part. How will those who come out and seek emotional and medical support fare in a largely conservative military culture that has strict rules for gender presentation?

VICE News meets one trans woman as she prepares to come out to her commander.

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