Actor Josie Totah Comes Out As Transgender
"I'm ready to be free."
Glee and Champions star Josie Totah has come out in a piece for Time where she opened up about living in the public eye as an actor, and making the decision to live authentically.
"I realised 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."
My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.
Totah described dealing with serious anxiety and struggling to hide her true identity -- something that was compacted by existing in the public eye as she had previously been given roles to play that could be summed up as "gay boy".
"Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organisation. I understand that they didn’t really know better. I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself."
Totah has appeared in several TV shows including her time on Glee as well as the Disney Channel Original series Jessie, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls. She also featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Other People.
Now she describes feeling more open to playing roles that she'll feel actually suit her identity, saying she'll be "gunning for" roles for transgender and cisgender women.
"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."
She can currently be seen in the short-lived comedy Champions on Netflix which co-stars Mindy Kaling who shared the piece via Twitter writing, "I'm so glad you're able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self".
Read Josie's full piece here.
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