The Tri-City Herald
April 22, 2013

For Lisa Anderson-Thornton, just being herself cost her a family, a church and most of her friends. She is a transgender woman, meaning she was born genetically male but lives and presents herself as a woman because that is her mental image of herself. Although she spent most of her life presenting herself as a man, Anderson-Thornton has felt female since she was 5 and has struggled with her gender identity her entire life. She began her physical transition -- changing her clothing and taking female hormones to match her view of what her body should look like -- in 2006. That started after serious injuries forced her to retire from her job as an Oregon State Police officer in 2004, when she decided she wanted to live as a woman.