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Drag Race star Amethyst comes out as trans

'Drag Race' star Amethyst comes out as trans

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The season 15 alum opened up about her identity in a moving handwritten note on Instagram

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Anytime someone is ready to open up to the world about who they truly are, it's a reason to celebrate. Today that reason is RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 star Amethyst sharing with the world that she is trans.

The 29-year-old comedy queen from Connecticut took to Instagram over the weekend to share her story in a moving, hand-written note. She kicked things off with a message about her upcoming music, which arrives in a couple of weeks. But then moves on to share what she has gone through in her personal life.

"The truth is, I've been struggling severely with my gender dysphoria more than ever in recent months," she wrote. "It's something that I've always concealed in the back of my mind, and through the years has slowly crept its way to the front."

"Last year was when things really started to hit me hard, and this mental warfare has really just escalated since then. I let it get to a point where it was eating away at my life, my thoughts, my relationships, my confidence, but most importantly my sense of self,” she revealed. “I knew what needed to be addressed by always told myself that I’ll get to it when I’m ready.” Happily, that time has finally come.

"I wanted to let you know that I'm trans, and began HRT [hormone replacement therapy] a little over a month ago," she continued. "Even in this short amount of time, the comparison to how I felt just a few months ago is night and day. It's a different sense of happiness that is slowly but surely bringing back my self-assurance, and every day it gets easier to look in the mirror."

She also revealed her new name, Amy, which she uses out of drag, and that she thanks her season 15 sister Malaysia Babydoll Foxx for coining. “She was the first one to call me that and the first she did I had this little lightbulb over the head moment,” she recalls. "I feel a lot of pressure to pick the perfect name, but in the meantime, this is a comfy placeholder for me," she added.

While she is grateful for both her friends — and her meds — for how far she's come, Amy is also asking for the support of fans, by starting afundraiser requesting donations for help with her facial feminization surgery.

We’re so happy for Amy and wish her all the euphoria!

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.