But in other western nations, that's not the case. At a conference Monday, transgender troops from around the world gathered in Washington to share their experiences and call for change.
The ACLU Palm Center conference featured transgender service members from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and the U.K.
Maj. Alexandra Larsson of the Swedish Armed Forces said, “To some degree, it's a very basic human thing. It isn't that complicated to allow people to be themselves, really.”