Leading Seaman Danielle Dewitt with the Canadian Armed Forces, assigned male at birth, always knew something was wrong with that gender identity. When deployed in the Mediterranean during the NATO mission Operation Reassurance in 2015, she had been spotted by someone from the ship while dressed as a woman at a hotel and, rather than hide, took charge of her uncertain future.
âI informed my chain of command that my intentions upon returning to [port] was to transition from male to female,â Dewitt said. But the mission came first. âI started the deployment as a male and I would finish it as a male,â Dewitt said.
Dewitt quickly obtained clearance to start dressing as a female sailor, and a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to spur further transition.
âThe big secret was out, there was no turning back, and I could finally be who I know I am.â