Tommy Dorfman came out as a trans woman for the first time. She expressed gratitude to everyone who had supported her throughout her journey and the trans people who had blazed the trail ahead of her.
The star of 13 Reasons Why took to Instagram to announce her decision, and she also spoke with Torrey Peters on Time about her gender.
Dorfman made it clear that the interview was about her identity and clarity. Dorfman had been writing about her transition on Instagram for the past year, describing it as a diaristic time capsule of her body living in a more fluid environment, albeit she hadn’t revealed it publicly. Dorfman revealed why she decided to come forward and clarify her gender and transition, claiming that doing so would take away her ability to control her story.
Will Tommy Dorfman change her name?
Dorfman also announced that she would not change her name during the conversation. Her mother’s brother, who died a month after birth, was named after her. As a result, she has a unique connection to the name and will continue to use it.
The actress said she was simply transitioning into a more authentic version of herself rather than changing her name or identity. For this reason, she chose not to pursue the traditional route of coming out as a trans person after vanishing for a year or two and adopting a new name, face, and body.
Changes After Transformation
Many things have changed for Dorfman since her transition, one of which is the type of romantic relationship she seeks. She had previously been in a nine-year relationship with a gay man. Dorfman says she still loves him, but her interest in him as a romantic relationship has changed since she became a trans woman.
Since then, the two have redefined their friendship as friends.
Dorfman Has No Interest in Playing Male Characters Anymore
Dorfman isn’t interested in playing “masculine” characters any longer. And, despite the fact that her gender transformation may have an impact on her work, she claims she is done playing male characters now that she is a woman.
It’s impossible for me to separate my personal and professional transition, because my body and face are linked to my career. 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.
Dorfman scored her first part as a female last year and is now exploring opportunities to continue acting in films and television shows as her new self.
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