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“I can remember feeling kind of like I was a girl from a very early age,” says Denee Mallon, 74, “People always used to kid me about my curly hair and how I looked like a girl.” Mallon is an Army veteran and transgender woman and is about to be the first person to have Medicare pay for her male to female sex reassignment surgery. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Jim Seida / NBC News)

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