Paula Sophia Schonauer is a 20-year veteran with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She’s also the agency's first openly transgender officer. When Paula was a man, she was the star cop in her police force. But when she transitioned to female, her past successes and reputation as top cop evaporated. Her colleagues didn’t think she could do the job she had excelled in for so many years as a man. In Tough as Nails, Paula told NPR Producer Stephanie Foo about her journey changing from police man, to police woman.
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