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Transgender Army officer Hannah Winterbourne: I was living lie

By Kunal Dutta

An Army officer has said she decided to come out as transgender after "living an act" as a man serving on the front line in Afghanistan.

Captain Hannah Winterbourne, of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, said she realised her "body was wrong" at the age of 23 while training at Sandhurst.

While the 27-year-old said she feared the reaction, she praised the military for being "very forward thinking".

Capt Winterbourne, the Army's first transgender officer according to reports, said: "In Afghanistan I was living an act. I was acting for everyone around me. There was no let-up where I could not stop that act."

While Capt Winterbourne, who did not reveal her former name as a man, said her feelings about her gender started from a young age, it was not until much later she decided to begin hormone therapy.

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