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Transgender veteran serving community in new way

Seda Collier is KEZI 9 News' latest hometown hero.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 4:55 PM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 5:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Seda Collier has served the community in many ways throughout her life, in the Marine Corps, on a fishing boat and as a lumberjack.

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Now, she’s serving in a new way by advocating for transgender people.

"I don't really focus much on the before. I don't even know that I keep much of that,” Collier said about keeping photos of her life before she transitioned to a woman.

During that time, she served as a field radio operator in the Marine Corps for three years. Then she worked on a fishing boat and Alaska and as a lumberjack in Wyoming.

Now, Collier works with the city of Eugene and serves as the treasurer and vice president of TransPonder, an organization that supports transgender people.

“Seda definitely lends a very valuable perspective and an immense amount of dedication,” said Oblio Stroyman, the executive director of TransPonder. “She goes above and beyond and gets involved in back behind city scenes of creating an environment where trans voices are heard.”

Collier said she wants to help people who are transitioning, and she knows how important it is to have support.”

"I didn't transition by myself, I certainly had support in that,” Collier said. “I want to contribute where I can and this is a place where I fit in well and can make a real difference and I've seen it in people's lives.”

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