JADE Olivia Gordon, a singer and songwriter, has spoken out about her gender identity, after coming out as transgender.
“I’ve always been very proud of my gender,” the former TV presenter told BBC Radio 5 live.
“My mother told me that it’s a biological thing and that if I’m born a girl, then I’m going to be born a boy.”
And then it’s been my family’s view, that I should not be in the public eye as a transgender woman, so I’m not even allowed to be a part of the family.””
I don’t think I’m transgender because I’m very proud as a person that I’m an actress.
It’s been the only way I can tell my story,” she said.”
But the fact is, I am not a female.
“To me, that’s who I am, and I am an actor.
So when I tell people I am a transgender man, they’re probably going to say ‘oh yeah, that looks like you’.””
They’ll think, ‘you know, it’s just a name’, but that’s not the case.”
Gordon’s family has said they are supportive of her transition, and she says they were willing to talk to her about it.
“They did give me some encouragement and support,” she told the BBC.
“So I just want to let everyone know that there are transgender people out there who are like me.”‘
It’s not fair’For a transgender performer, the idea of being labelled a man or a woman is an uncomfortable one.
“It’s really not fair.
It doesn’t matter what my name is.
It has nothing to do with my sex.
It just has to do what I want to do,” she explained.
Gordon said she was “really proud” of the way her life has changed since coming out.
“When I first came out, I was really scared, and really nervous.
And now I feel very confident in who I’m, and it’s actually a lot better than it was,” she added.”
Because now I don’t feel so alone.
I feel really welcomed and accepted by people.”‘
I’m very grateful’The singer told BBC Breakfast that her transition has helped her understand her gender, and also how her life might be different in the future.
“As a performer, I feel like there’s not enough support for transgender people, because we have a lot of shame around who we are.
And then I guess it’s the same with my gender identity.
I’m so grateful that I feel so empowered, and that I have this life, and to be able to talk about it openly with people.”
Gordon, who has worked with the BBC since 2009, says she is “really excited” about what she is doing, and hopes to work with other transgender performers in the years to come.
“You know, I think it’s going to change the way we see the world.
It can help us understand our own identity,” she joked.”
There are a lot more people who are being exposed to us now, and we’re going to see more of these people.”