James Shupe

James Shupe

James Shupe

James Shupe retired from the Army with the rank of sergeant first class. He previously identified as transgender and was the first American to obtain nonbinary status under law.

Recent blog posts by this author

My New Life After Transgender Despair

Last December, I received an early Christmas present that I would have rejected just one year earlier: an “M” for “male” on my driver’s license. The switch back to male marked the end of a long journey of gender confusion and self-deception....

I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary’ Person. It Was All a Sham.

Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times, writing that I had wanted to live “authentically as the woman that I have always been,” and had “effectively traded my white male privilege to become one of...

This Debate is About Gender Dysphoria, Not Transgender Military Service

As a transgender military veteran, an Army retiree and the first person in the United States to have their sex legally declared as non-binary, I have a vested interest in the outcome of the transgender military service ban. In the days when...