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13 Reasons Why actor Tommy Dorfman has revealed that she is transgender.
In an interview with TIME, the 29-year-old revealed that they identify as a woman.
“For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman , a trans woman,” Tommy says.
“It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere. I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically.”
“Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out,” she continues.
Tommy, who played Ryan on the hit Netflix show added that she does not plan to change her name saying: “Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”
“I’m named after my mom’s brother who passed a month after I was born, and I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying,” she explains. “This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy… I am actually myself.”
Speaking about her transition, she explained:
“One doesn’t have to medically transition to be trans, but for me, it was an active choice. I’m aligning my body with my soul,” Tommy continues. “Yet as a result of that, I am losing some things. I have to reckon with the fact that I brought along a lot of people and things who might not end up being there for this part of my journey.”