“13 Reasons Why” star Tommy Dorfman is reintroducing herself as a trans woman. In a Time magazine interview published Thursday, Dorfman — who played Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series — revealed that she has been “privately identifying and living as a woman.”

“Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy,” Dorfman said, adding that she has officially undergone a medical transition as well. Dorfman, who previously used they/them pronouns, noted that being public about her transition for the first time a “beautiful” process. Dorfman also revealed that she will not be changing her name in order to honor her namesake, “an uncle who held me as he was dying.” Tommy noted that it isn’t a “transition” in the sense that she is going somewhere, but “this is an evolution of Tommy. I’m becoming more Tommy. Just that I am actually myself.” She added that she will no longer take on any male roles – something that made her “feel really uncomfortable” – and will instead “infuse my trans body into film and television.”

Dorfman also took to Instagram to share her gratitude, saying: “Thrilled to reintroduce myself as the woman i am today. Thank you to all the trans woman (sic) that showed me who i am, how to live, celebrate myself, and take up space in this world.”


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