Feature Picture Story 1st Place William Graham/Loudoun Now

UNITED STATES – 02-14-2017: Connie Rice, a transgender female and former Marine gets flowers from her boyfriend Ken Watter on valentines day at her home in Leesburg Virginia. Rice identified as female since childhood, but because of parental pressure, she initially took a path of suppression very typical of the times. Rice joined the U.S. Marine Corps, married her wife Birgit and had three sons, all while struggling with and concealing her identity for decades. Rice is still living with her wife Birgit and one son Patrick in the home that they raised three sons.

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