Sona Avedian, 33, said she identified as a girl ever since she was a child, but hid that side of herself until three years ago.
Previously known as Matt, she was married to a woman and has a small daughter. Ms Avedian said she had "hid behind the mask of a US Marine" because she was ashamed of the way she felt."I could only hide so much," she said. "I was exhausted and I could no longer hide behind these deployments".
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She said she prepared to "come out" by exercising and changing her diet, and eventually beginning to take hormones and altering her hair.
She hoped to inspire others with her story. "It's about being you," she said, "no matter what society thinks!"