Moonlit Pinay transgender soldier as runway model
President Donald Trump’s tweet on the ban on transgender servicemen sent shockwaves through the ranks of the military.
Among those affected is a Filipino tranny working in the military.
Akira Wyatt is a runway model, strutting for Kenneth Barlis and Los Angeles Fashion Week.
Growing up in Cebu, she described herself as gay and eventually moved to the United States when she was 15.
“It wasn’t something I had in mind. I always admired girls who worked in the modeling industry when I found out there was trans modeling. I was more intrigued at this topic, ”she said.
While she loves the catwalks, she also has a vocation on the battlefield.
Wyatt is one of 15,000 trans members of the US military.
She joined the US Navy as a combat medic six years ago at age 19, shortly before the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed.
“My father was [a member of the] Marine Corps and that was something that had a strong presence in my family. I felt there was an obligation for me, not just for my family but for myself … In a way, I can be myself. I felt obligated to serve my country. The job I have now is a hospital … mainly a doctor and I like to do a lot of medical work. I love serving the Marines in the field, ”said Wyatt.
Wyatt was deployed three times during his career as a combat medic for the Marines. She believes her gender identity has never interfered with her missions.
“I give my 100 percent in my job and in what I do and in my skills as a body man,” she said.
She woke up Wednesday morning to a tweet from Trump announcing a ban on transgender people in the military.
Although the active duty member cannot say much in public, she says she will continue to serve in the military.
“Until it becomes a final law of the Department of Military Defense, that I have to register, that I have to be deported, or that they revoke the ban on transgender people, that is when another path in my life will open up. If not, I will. stay in the military as planned, “Wyatt said.
She admits that while she has remained calm since the tweet, many of her comrades, including a handful of Trans-Pinay soldiers, are worried about what will happen next.
Like Wyatt, the trans services community is now on hold.
The Trump administration has said it will eventually issue guidelines on how to implement the ban, while civil rights groups pledge to challenge it in court.