Josie Totah has shared her first photos since she revealed that she is transgender.
Showing the 17-year-old girl standing on a bridge, her hands in her pockets, she smiles at the camera.
Josie, formerly known as JJ Totah, wears a simple set of white sleeveless top and black jeans in the supplement, which subtitled "What would be strange?"
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In an essay for Time, the former star of the Disney Channel and Champions, she explained how growing up in the people of Northern California implied that she was a gay boy and would continually choose her as such when she began her acting career.
"In the past, I have corrected people half-heartedly by telling them that I identify as LGBTQ," the teenager wrote. "But I realized in recent years that hiding my true self is not healthy, now I know, more than ever, that I'm finally ready to take this step to become myself, I'm ready to be free."
Totah continued: & # 39; My pronouns are she, his Y yours. I identify myself as a woman, specifically as a transgender woman. And my name is Josie Totah.
Josie Totah, formerly known as JJ Totah, has appeared as a transgender woman; she is seen in April before her announcement
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The 17-year-old has appeared on Glee, Disney Channel and NBC's Champions, where she has been continually selected to play a gay boy (pictured, playing the son of Mindy Kaling)
During her career as an actress, landing roles as Mindy Kaling's son in Champions and a singing interpolation on Glee, Totah said she let herself "push in a box" for playing the stereotype of the gay guy.
"I was afraid that they would not accept me, that I would be ashamed, that the fans who knew me from the moment I acted in a Disney show would be confused," he wrote.
The teenager has been blocking hormones since she was 14 years old and says she is now "ready to be free".
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"They even presented me like this before receiving an award from an LGBTQ + rights organization," he added.
But Totah said he knew she was a woman since she was five years old, long before she understood what the word gender meant.
"I always told my mother that I wanted to be a girl." Since I could speak in complete sentences, I thought, "Give me a dress!" I always knew on a certain level that I was a woman, "she wrote.
But it was not until Totah was 14 years old that he decided to make the transition.
I was watching the TLC I Am Jazz documentary series with his mother. The program documents the medical transition of a 14-year-old boy to become a woman.
"As I learned more about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do," he recalled. "I looked at her in the middle of the show and said:" This is me. "I'm transgender and I need to go through this & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;
Her supportive mother, Christine, said "well, let's do it" and in three days, Totah met with a pediatrician and then a specialist who put her on hormonal blockers.
"From that moment, I started working," he said.
Totah, who had developed anxiety to hide his true identity and hit puberty, can now breathe better.
"I was not waking up every day and panicking." Is there hair on my face? Is my voice getting deeper? "Those changes are very difficult, if not impossible, to reverse," he said.
Mindy Kaling was joined by other castmates who shared their overwhelming support for Josie.
Josie, pictured here as JJ, hopes to continue her acting career
Totah tweeted his Time essay last month, with his account name changed to Josie and a blank white screen instead of his profile picture.
"For so long I've been trying to hide who I was, and I did it with fear, afraid that they would not accept me or love me," he wrote on Twitter.
"Now I know more than ever that I'm ready to take the step to be myself." I'm a transsexual and this is my story, "he says.
Your ad won the love and support of its former castmates and thousands online.
Her television mother, Mindy Kaling, tweeted: "I love you, Josie, I'm so glad you can tell your truth and live like your authentic self." You're so damn talented too, I can not wait to write for you again!
Josie will soon attend Chapman University in California as a freshman
Totah said that as a Catholic, she does not believe that she was "put in the wrong body", but that "God made me transgender."
"I think I'm transgender to help people understand differences, it allows me to gain perspective, to be more accepted by others, because I know how it feels to know that you're not like everyone else," he wrote.
Now, Totah looks to the future and will soon attend Chapman University in California as a freshman.
She hopes to continue her career as an actress, but with roles that adapt to her new identity.
"I plan to play roles that I have not had the opportunity to play," he said. "And I can only imagine how much more fun it will be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort me to play a child."
"I'm going to shoot those papers, be it a transgender woman or a cisgender woman, because it's a clean slate and a new world."