“I’m transitioning!” Torres said in the TikTok. “That means I’m transgender, if you didn’t know. My pronouns are they/she — which means that ‘they’ or ‘she’ are totally fine.”
The 22-year-old also just graduated from the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Their sophomore year, they came out as non-binary and in the summer of 2020, they published An Evolving Conversation on Gender: Dance Edition which they made to be a starting point for members of the dance community to organize around gender inclusivity.
Torres is also the founder and CEO of Continuum Community, a group that aims to provide community-oriented resources for gender inclusion.
That’s exactly what Torres has done in the last two weeks — document more of their journey.
“Let’s toss around some things that I didn’t realize and wasn’t told before my transition,” Torres narrated in another video. “My boobs hurt. Literally, I roll over on the bed, pop. I roll over on the dance floor, pop. It’s just like going through puberty twice.”
“THE WARDROBE! An expense I didn’t even think of,” someone replied.
“Oh … the mood swings,” another added. “Such a pain!”
“Welcome to the club sweetheart,” one commenter joked.
In a 2020 interview with USC’s student newspaper, Torres talked about their experience as a young dancer and how it impacted their understanding of gender identity.
“I started seeing all of the expectations that teachers — well-known dance teachers, and well-known choreographers — had for me as a male dancer growing up and at the time identifying as a boy,” Torres said. “‘Oh, you’re too feminine, you need to dance like a man.’ Just having teachers tell you that on national television, all this stuff, it kind of really got to me.”
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