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'Champions' Star Josie Totah Comes Out as Transgender

'Champions' Star Josie Totah Comes Out as Transgender

Josie Totah, formerly known as JJ Totah, has come out as a transgender female in a powerful essay for Time.

Totah, 17, is best known for her work on the sitcom Champions and roles on Glee, Jessie, and the movies Other People and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In her essay, Josie opens up about being shoved into the “gay boy” box in Hollywood and how people in the entertainment industry kept assuming her identity.

“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 organization. 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,” she wrote.

“My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah,” she said.

Josie credits Jazz Jennings and her TLC series I Am Jazz for helping her realize her identity and being the catalyst for her seeking out hormone replacement therapy.

“There are still things that scare me. Identity documents can be hard for transgender people to change. I’m afraid of that moment when someone looks at the ID, looks at the photo, looks at the gender marker – looks at you. I never want to feel like I’m not allowed in somewhere because of who I am. I’m scared that being transgender is going to limit me in that way. And I’m scared that I’ll be judged, rejected, made uncomfortable, that people will look at me differently,” Josie wrote in her essay.

She added, “But when my friends and family call me Josie, it feels like I’m being seen. It’s something everyone wants, to feel understood. And, as a semi-religious person who went to Catholic school, I have come to believe that God made me transgender. I don’t feel like I was put in the wrong body. I don’t feel like there was a mistake made. I believe that I am transgender to help people understand differences. It allows me to gain perspective, to be more accepting of others, because I know what it feels like to know you’re not like everyone else.”

Read the full essay on Time.com.

(Note: Josie requested that production photos from her work be used instead of current photos)

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  • Stoni

    Being straight is not the norm today.

  • mahbelle

    well, alrighty then.

  • mahbelle

    yes it is. the media loves to give attention to the .001% of the population.

  • Sine Hec

    who gives a f…ck

  • la petite bonnieux

    Kid looks 10

  • Sansa Squad

    good for her!!! she’s insanely talented and so poised.

  • Sara

    Society has seriously gone to hell. This child needs extensive mental health treatment, not support to become a girl.

  • Sara

    Society has seriously gone to hell. This child needs extensive mental health treatment, not support to become a girl.

  • Sara

    Society has seriously gone to hell. This child needs extensive mental health treatment, not support to become a girl.