Watch: Actor Tommy Dorfman Comes Out as Trans

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday July 22, 2021

Tommy Dorfman
Tommy Dorfman  (Source:Instagram / @tommy.dorfman)

Actor Tommy Dorfman has come out as a transgender woman in a new, expansive interview with Time magazine. But don't call it a transition says the "13 Reasons Why" star. It's more of a "reintroduction."

"I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically," she told Time. "Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy."


Dorfman explained that she chose not to change her name to keep her connection to her uncle.

"I'm named after my mom's brother who passed a month after I was born, and I feel very connected to that name, to an uncle who held me as he was dying," she told Time. "This is an evolution of Tommy. I'm becoming more Tommy."

Dorfman is best known poet Ryan Shaver on the hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," but she's also set to have a role in Lena Dunham's upcoming movie, "Sharp Stick," and star in a limited series called "Fracture."


To accompany the interview, a behind-the-scenes video of Dorfman's photo shoot for Time was also shared, showing Dorfman introducing herself as a transgender woman to the world for the first time.

"I've been living in this other version of coming out where I don't feel safe enough to talk about it, so I just do it. But I recognize that transitioning is beautiful," Dorfman told Time. "Why not let the world see what that looks like? So I kept, on Instagram, a diaristic time capsule instead — one that shows a body living in a more fluid space."

Dorfman recently made headlines when she was spotted hanging out and holding hands with actor Lucas Hedges.

Congratulations. See Dorfman as her true self below.