Josie Totah has posted her first photo since coming out as transgender last month.
The 17-year-old Champions star shared a sassy vacation photo on Instagram, writing, “what’d i miss?”
Totah came out as trans in an essay for Time. “I know I’m lucky to be able to do what I love,” she wrote of acting. “But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: ’J.J. Totah, gay boy.’”
“My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.”
Before playing a gay theater kid on NBC’s now-canceled sitcom Champions, Totah had notable roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Other People, and Glee.
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For so long I’ve been trying to hide who I was by pretending I’m someone I’m not. And I did it in fear. In fear that I wouldn’t be accepted or loved. I tried so hard to become a person that I knew I never was. But I’m realizing I can’t fake it forever. I know now more than ever I’m ready to take the step to becoming myself. I am Transgender and this is my story.
Totah, who is currently attending college, plans to continue acting and seek female roles.
“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 continued. “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.”