Glee's Josie Totah Comes Out as Transgender Female

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 21, 2018

Mindy Kaling shared her support for Josie Totah, who publicly came out as transgender moments ago. The 17-year-old broke the news in an essay for Time magazine headlined, 'My Name Is Josie Totah - And I'm Ready to Be Free'. "I plan to play roles I haven't had the opportunity to play", she wrote in her essay. "And I knew that I was giving myself what I needed, that I didn't have to be afraid of that anymore". Instead, she says she identifies as female, and has for years, remembering how she was telling her mother how she wished she were a girl from the age of five.

Totah said she has known for as long as she can remember, on some level, that she is female, but that it crystallized at 14 when she saw the Jazz Jennings documentary I Am Jazz and realized she was the same.

Josie Totah, who previously acted in multiple television shows under the name J.J. Totah, is coming out as a transgender woman.

She was watching the TLC docu-series I Am Jazz with her mother. "Is my voice getting deeper?" "I'm going to gun for those roles..." Those changes are very hard, if not impossible, to reverse, ' she said. Totah, who typically played gay teen or pre-teen boys roles, says she felt "like I let myself be shoved into a box" and now she's coming out. And I did it in fear. I never want to feel like I'm not allowed in somewhere because of who I am.

In the Time essay, Totah reveals that many mistook her for a gay boy when she was growing up in northern California and, later, as she established her Hollywood career. But it wasn't until she saw the documentary series I Am Jazz, about transgender activist Jazz Jennings, that she made a decision to pursue hormone replacement therapy.

Added Totah: "This week, I'm going off to college". I'm so glad you're able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. And I'm scared that I'll be judged, rejected, made uncomfortable, that people will look at me differently.

Totah said that as a Catholic, she doesn't believe she was 'put in the wrong body, ' but 'God made me transgender'. 'And I can only imagine how much more fun it's going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. "Because it's a clean slate - and a new world".

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