'Glee' star Josie Totah posts stunning first photo since coming out as transgender
Within hours of Josie Totah sharing the picture on social media, her Disney co-stars rushed to the comments section with supportive messages
Back in August, Disney star Josie Totah had candidly talked about her identity, coming out to the world "as female, specifically as a transgender female.” Since the touching personal essay, published by Time, though, the 17-year-old has remained visibly absent from social media until recently when she shared a cheeky picture making a reference to the recent course of events.
“What’d i miss?” wrote Totah, who starred as Mindy Kaling's son in the comedy 'Champions', alongside a picture of her posing on a bridge. The actress, who has many other noteworthy acting credits to her name including 'Glee', Disney's Channel's 'Jessie', and 2013 comedy 'Back in the Game', sported a casual look in the photo, decked in a white tank and dark pants.
While the picture seems pretty regular, it is a sly jab in the caption that garnered most people's attention. In fact, within hours of Totah sharing the click, many of her Disney co-stars rushed to the comments section with supportive comments and messages. “Wow, you’re really THAT beautiful” shared Jenna Ortega. And 19-year-old Kayla Maisonet added, "Yesss biihh!!”
Indeed, it has been quite an eventful few months for the Disney actress who went all candid coming out to the world in a self-written Time article. By letting herself be branded as a "gay boy", she had shoved herself into a box, Totah said. "I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization." This was before she finally started identifying as a transgender female.
"I wasn’t ready to be more specific. I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted, that I would be embarrassed, that the fans who knew me from the time when I acted in a Disney show would be confused. But I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy. I know now, more than ever, that I’m finally ready to take this step toward becoming myself. I’m ready to be free. So, listen up y’all: You can jump on or jump off. Either way this is where I’m heading," she wrote.
"My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah."
Totah's essay takes readers on a journey down the memory lane as she explains, "When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. Since I could speak in full sentences, I was like, “Give me a dress!” I always knew on some level that I was female. But it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show 'I Am Jazz' with my mother."
"I’m going off to college. I’m also going to continue my acting career, and I am so excited to do both things as myself. I plan to play roles I haven’t had the opportunity to play. And I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy," she added.