13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman comes out as transgender


13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman comes out as transgender and reveals she has been ‘living as a trans woman’ for the past year

  • On the hit Netflix show, Tommy played recurring male character Ryan Shaver
  • The 29-year-old revealed Thursday she has come out as a transgender woman
  • ‘For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman – a trans woman,’ she told TIME Magazine 
  • Dorfman said she decided to keep her full name as she was named after mother’s brother 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’ she explained 

13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman has come out as transgender woman. 

The 29-year-old actress made the revelation in an interview with TIME on Thursday, saying: ‘For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman – a trans woman.’

On the hit Netflix show, Dorfman played recurring male character Ryan Shaver, who publishes Hannah Baker’s problems in the school newspaper without her consent. 

Speaking with novelist Torrey Peters, Dorfman explained: ‘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.’

Reveal: 13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman comes out as transgender and reveals she has been ‘living as a trans woman’ for the past year in a new interview with TIME

‘Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out,’ she went on. ‘Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.’ 

The rising star sparked speculation from fans about her gender identity this past year after changing her appearance on Instagram, as well as stepping out with actor Lucas Hedges in New York recently wearing a summer dress.

Dorfman also revealed in the interview why she decided to keep her name amid her transition, explaining: ‘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.’

Rising star: On the hit Netflix show, Dorfman played recurring male character Ryan Shaver, who publishes Hannah Baker's problems in the school newspaper without her consent

Rising star: On the hit Netflix show, Dorfman played recurring male character Ryan Shaver, who publishes Hannah Baker’s problems in the school newspaper without her consent

She added: ‘This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy… I am actually myself.’ 

Talking about her decision to come out, Dorfman 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 recognize that transitioning is beautiful. Why not let the world see what that looks like?’

She added: ‘So I kept, on Instagram, a diaristic time capsule instead – one that shows a body living in a more fluid space.’

Glamorous: Tommy took part in a stylish shoot for TIME wearing a sophisticated black gown

Glamorous: Tommy took part in a stylish shoot for TIME wearing a sophisticated black gown 

‘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,’ Tommy went on.

‘With this medical transition, there has been discourse about my body, and it began to feel overwhelming.’

The actress explained that she did consider a different route in publicly coming out, including disappearing for two years and coming back into the spotlight ‘with a new name, new face and new body.’

However, Dorfman said that it was something she ‘couldn’t afford to do’ and wasn’t what she wanted. 

Changing style: Tommy sparked speculation from fans about her gender identity this past year after changing her appearance (Pictured with actor Lucas Hedges last month in NYC)

Changing style: Tommy sparked speculation from fans about her gender identity this past year after changing her appearance (Pictured with actor Lucas Hedges last month in NYC)

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