“I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy. I know now, more than ever, that I’m finally ready to take this step toward becoming myself. I’m ready to be free. So, listen up y’all: You can jump on or jump off. Either way this is where I’m heading.
“My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.”
She goes on to explain that “this is not something that just happened.”
She actually told her mum she wished was a girl when she was just 5 years old, but it was only about three years ago that things started making sense to her, when she watched the show I Am Jazz, (which is about a transgender teenager).
“As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at her in the middle of the show and said, ‘This is me. I’m transgender. And I need to go through this.’ My mother, who is immensely supportive and gracious, said, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ Three days later I was meeting with my pediatrician, who referred me to a specialist, who put me on a hormone blocker. From that point on, I hit the ground running.”
She now says that she is “being seen” for the first time ever. Former co-stars are now showing their support for her online.