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Anastasia Biefang is the German military's first transgender commander. The Bundeswehr supported her when she came out to her colleagues.
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The Defense Ministry intends to make amends with gay soldiers who were rejected from promotion and subjected to medical exams. But will the plan address historical cases and other anti-LGBT+ discrimination?
The documentary film depicts the life of Anastasia Biefang as she transitions and takes command of a German military battalion. Biefang says she wanted to show "there are transgender people in the Bundeswehr, too."
In reports about transgender actor Elliot Page, media often mention their old name. DW speaks to Kalle Hümpfner from the German Trans* Association about why he thinks this is a problem.
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