Tommy Dorfman, best known for playing the role of Ryan Shaver in the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has reintroduced herself as a trans woman. The 29-year-old took to Instagram to share a post in which she spoke about her new pronouns: she/her. In a new interview with TIME magazine she clarified that she is a transgender woman.
Sharing a few pictures from her interview with TIME, she wrote, “Thrilled to reintroduce myself as the woman I am today. My pronouns are she/her.” In the article on the magazine, Tommy says, “for a year now, (she has) been privately identifying and living as a woman — a trans woman. 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 has been sharing quite a few pictures of herself wearing more traditional women clothing but had not clarified anything before the interview. Speaking about the actual announcement to the world about being transwoman through the interview, Tommy 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? 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…”
The actor also clarified that she is ‘not changing my name’, but this is an “evolution of Tommy” and said, “I’m becoming more Tommy.” She thanked her fans and wrote on Instagram, “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 that showed me who I am, how to live, celebrate myself, and take up space in this world.”