Dorfman also talked about how he was able to hide from the world during his transition, but chose to do so in front of the eyes of the world. “There is the version that I really couldn’t afford to do, which is disappear for two years and come back with a new name, a new face, and a new body. But that’s not what I wanted, “he told TIME.
On Instagram, little by little, he has shared his transition and changes. “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. But I recognize that the transition is beautiful. Why not let the world see what that looks like? So I saved, on Instagram, a time capsule with a diary, one that shows a body living in a more fluid space, “he added.
Tommy also explained that he will not change his name because he honors his mother’s brother who died a month after he was born. “I feel very connected with that name, with an uncle who hugged me while I died. This is an evolution of Tommy. I’m getting more Tommy, ”he said.