Two indistinguishable twins who were conceived girls have now moved toward becoming
Transgender kin Jack and Jace Grafe, 23, used to cry themselves to sleep and appealed to wake up as young men when they were kids.
They began life as Jaclyn and Jennifer in June 1995, and experienced childhood in a conservative Christian home.
Jack and Jace grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to Monroe, Georgia.
They came out at the age of 18 and are now transitioning as a duo in a rare case.
The twins, who have the same DNA, have grown facial hair since they began taking testosterone in April 2017 and underwent chest surgery in August.
Now the criminal justice graduates, who both work in law enforcement, have shared their extraordinary story in a bid to inspire others.
Jack, a deputy sheriff's officer, said: "As a kid I would cry and pray to God that I would wake up in a male body, not even understanding that being transgender was a thing.
"Now, I am the happiest with myself that I have been in my entire life. That uncomfortable feeling we had before has completely gone.
"When we came out, it was to our whole family - mum, dad and our older sister.
"Our parents had never seen anything like it. They have never experienced gay or transgender people and my dad is a pastor. We live in Georgia.
"At work I have had my fair share of people calling me a 's***' - she, he, it. Usually they just don't understand.
"People still refer to us as female. Whenever I hear 'she' or 'her' it is like a kick in the stomach.
"It hurts but I get it. At a young age, I was skeptical of it myself. For some people, it is a hard pill to swallow.
"There are times when I wish I was just born - and I don't mean this in a negative way -but 'normal', and that I was biologically male.
"People say, 'You will never be able to change your chromosomes, you can only change the outside.'
"There are still times when I come home and break down."
Growing up, the Grafe girls wore boyish clothes, assumed the role of dad or brother when playing house and, as teenagers, had crushes on female classmates.
But they also attended a strict religious school and say they ran the risk of being thrown out if they also revealed their feelings so didn’t tell anyone - not even each other.
Then, at the age of 15, the twins began attending cosplay conventions where they dressed up as male characters - something they both say “felt natural”.
When they finished high school they hacked off their hair and they later came out to one another, firstly as gay aged 16 and two years later as transgender.when I was 15 or 16 I would never think in a million years that I would have got to this point.
"It was a fantasy and I always wished it was going to happy but I wasn't brave enough. I didn't have the guts.
"Being a twin means I don't feel alone. Somebody else is experiencing the exact same things as I am going through and that made me stronger."