"I was born in 1982, in a boy's body," recalls Sona Avedian – a trans woman and former Marine who shared her personal story in Youtube video earlier this year.
The video documents Sona's long journey towards coming out as a trans woman starting from childhood.
"I wanted to tell someone before going to college, but my parents began a rough divorce and I decided to go another route," Sona explains in the video.
"Ashamed of myself, I hid behind the mask of a U.S. Marine."
Feeling isolated and alone, Sona requested to be stationed in Japan for 4 years." It wasn't until 2001 that Sona stumbled upon the term "transgender" on the internet.
Finishing up with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005, Sona worked as a contractor overseas and even started a family.
"I thought getting married would help me cope."