13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman would like to reintroduce herself.
The 29-year-old – who also stared in Jane the Virgin and as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – revealed she has been “privately living as a woman for a year”, but says she was ‘never not out’.
Tommy previously came out as non-binary in 2017, using they/them pronouns, but the star now proudly announces that her pronouns are she/ her.
Taking to Instagram the actress expressed her gratitude to trans people before her and said she’s “thrilled to reintroduce myself as the woman i am today. my pronouns are she/her”
Speaking to Time Magazine, she said:
“I’ve been living in this other version of coming out where I don’t feel safe enough to talk about it, so I just do it. But I recognise that transitioning is beautiful. Why not let the world see what that looks like? So I kept, on Instagram, a diaristic time capsule instead—one that shows a body living in a more fluid space”.
‘However, I’ve learned as a public-facing person that my refusal to clarify can strip me of the freedom to control my own narrative. With this medical transition, there has been discourse about my body, and it began to feel overwhelming. So, recently I looked to examples of others who have come out as trans”, she continued.
‘There’s the version I couldn’t really afford to do, which is to disappear for two years and come back with a new name, new face and new body. But that’s not what I wanted.’
In the interview she also discusses the future of her acting work, saying “I’m thinking about how I can infuse my trans body into film and television. Lena Dunham gave me my first role as a girl last year—it was so exciting and validating”.
Tommy said she will be keeping her name as Tommy, explaining that she was named after her mother’s brother who died soon after she was born.
The star said: ‘This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy.’
Congratulations, Tommy! <3