As a child, Tommy Dorfman never hesitated to get in front of the camera. But as an adult and best known for portraying Bryce Walker on 13 Reasons Why, he has found himself more comfortable behind it instead- acting as director and photographer rather than actor or model. It wasn’t until his role in The Bronze with Melissa Rauch that he felt confident enough to step back into the spotlight again. “I was so active before,” said Dorfman who is touring now promoting Baby Torrey Peters’ new novel Detransitioned.”
Tommy Dorfman, best known for her role in 13 Reasons Why and The Normal Heart is reintroducing herself as a trans woman. In an interview with Detransition Baby author Torrey Peters from Time magazine she spoke about her gender identity and how this has changed over the years. “For a year now,” Tommy said, “I have been privately identifying and living as female-a transgender woman.”
She never went anywhere, but today she’s coming back as a woman. Tommy Dorfman shares her story of how transitioning from male to female has been liberating and is living in the light now that it’s out there for all to see.
Dorfman said she doesn’t necessarily think of this as coming out, but rather a reintroduction to her identity. “I view today as clarity,” Dorfman says. And that’s why the words are so important: I am a trans woman with female pronouns and my name is Tommy
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If you follow Dorfman on Instagram, you’ll know she hasn’t shied away from sharing changes in her style or her avid support of the trans community. “I’ve been living in this other version of coming out where I don’t feel safe enough to talk about it,” she said.” But now that I’m feeling more comfortable with my body, and as a result have witnessed how transformative transitioning can be for so many people around me- why not let the world see what that looks like?” She has called her to account an ‘affirming diaristic time capsule … one that shows a body living in a more fluid space.’
She knew that as a public figure, she could not refuse to clarify her identity and stand by it. Especially since there was so much discourse about how transitions may have affected her body.
Dorfman, who is also an accomplished photographer and the first female character in Lena Dunham’s Sharp Stick film, told Peters that she now refuses to play “male characters.” Her decision came after a long-time friend of hers called her out for not taking on any substantial roles since transitioning from male to female role models.
- Tommy Dorfman is reintroducing herself and living in the light now that it’s out there for all to see
Tommy Dorfman, the actor who played Tommy on Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why and in its sequel, has decided to go by her birth name for professional purposes. When she was asked how this decision made her feel about herself as a person today versus when she first started acting twenty years ago -Tommy said that it “makes me an even stronger woman.”
The Emmy-nominated actress will now be known professionally as simply ‘Dorfman’ after deciding not to use male pronouns publically anymore.
- Tommy Dorfman is reintroducing herself as a woman
- She is living in the light now that it’s out there for all to see
- Tommy Dorfman, best known for her role in 13 Reasons Why and The Normal Heart.
Tommy Dorfman was previously dubbed one of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming actors when she played Hannah Baker on Netflix’s original series 13 Reasons Why. Now, seven years later at age 27, the actor who formerly went by ‘Tyler’ has chosen to go by her birth name: Tommy.’
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