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'13 Reasons Why' Star Tommy Dorfman On Transitioning: 'I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman'

'Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman.'
PHOTO: Instagram/tommy.dorfman

13 Reasons Why Tommy Dorfman has opened up about transitioning.

In an interview with TIME, Tommy clarified that she's been living as a trans woman for a while already.

"For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman—a trans woman."

While the internet may consider Tommy's interview as her way of "coming out," she says it's not like she went somewhere, and that she's still herself. She also explained that by transitioning medically, she's "aligning" her body with her soul.


"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. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy."

Tommy also reintroduced herself on Instagram, expressing her gratitude to the trans people before her who had the courage to "live authentically and radically as themselves."

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"I’m especially grateful to every single trans person who walked this path, broke down barriers, and risked their lives to live authentically and radically as themselves before me. Thank you to all the trans [women who] showed me who I am, how to live, celebrate myself, and take up space in this world."

Tommy chose to keep her name as she was named after her uncle, who died a month after she was born.

"I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying. This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy."

What's in store for Tommy's career? She says she's no longer interested in "male" roles.

"I’m most recognized for playing a bitchy gay poet on a soap opera, and I feared that by actively transitioning in my personal life, I would lose whatever career I’ve been told I’m supposed to have. But I’m no longer interested in playing 'male' characters—except for maybe in a 'Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan' way. Sometimes you just have to say, 'No, this is just who I f-cking am.'"


"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. All I can do now is look to a future where I am, hopefully, just radically honest. That’s the person I am becoming."

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