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Disney child actor from 'Jessie' comes out as trans

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Former Disney Channel cast member J.J. Totah, 17, has come out as transgender according to LGBTQ Nation. Totah, who will now go by Josie is known for playing an assortment of male characters but she says she always felt “like I let myself be shoved into a box."

But that has all changed she says in an article for Time Magazine

“In the past, I’ve halfway corrected people by telling them I identify as LGBTQ. I wasn’t ready to be more specific,” Torah writes. “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.

“My pronouns are sheher and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.”

Totah is probably most recognized for her role in the tween-com "Jessie" for the House of Mouse and has recently wrapped the motion picture "Magic Camp."

“This week, I’m going off to college,” Totah writes. “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.”

“I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate — and a new world.”