Christine Hallquist, previously known as David Hallquist, is a 62-year-old man that identifies as a woman. A former CEO of the 107-employee Vermont Electric Cooperative and biological father of three children, Hallquist received the 2018 Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Vermont.
In a media interview with CBS News, Hallquist admits he “has all the physical body parts of a man,” but describes his gender identity (his sense of self) this way, saying: “My brain believes I am a woman. I’m a woman.” The internal conflict is reported to have given him thoughts of suicide in the past.
The Pentagon’s 2018 “Department Of Defense Report And Recommendations On Military Service By Transgender Persons,” which recommended a ban on transgender people serving, describes the DSM V criteria for “feeling like the opposite sex” in this manner: “A strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender ( or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender).”
News articles about Christine Hallquist can be found at these locations:
Mona Charen (August 16, 2018). Liberals go gaga over ‘historic’ win by transgender candidate. Chicago.suntimes.com (Archive)
Terri Hallenbeck (November 4, 2015). Becoming Christine: Transgender CEO Hallquist Prepares to Go to Work As a Woman. Sevendaysvt.com (Archive)
Darren Perron (September 11, 2015). From Dave to Christine: Vt. CEO shares transgender experience. Cbsnews.com (Archive)