Staff Sergeant Patricia King enlisted in the U.S. military after graduating from Cape Cod Tech, and has been deployed to Afghanistan three times. She thinks of her years in the Army as a blessing.
Patricia is a transgender woman, meaning she was born male but felt for a while that she is female, and so she transitioned and now lives every day as the woman she has long known herself to be. Growing up, Patricia was unable to put into words how she felt, but after her last deployment in 2013, she found the strength to come out to her family, including her ex-wife and two sons. Patricia was elated when it was announced the ban on transgender service would be lifted in 2016 – but devastated when President Trump announced his intention to ban transgender people from military service in 2017. “I have served for almost 19 years,” Patricia says. “And all of a sudden, it is all hanging in the balance.”