ONE third of one of Australia’s most popular comedy groups has revealed she is a trans woman.
As one of the most recognisable members of Axis of Awesome, Jordan Raskopoulos revealed the news in a video called What happened to Jordan’s Beard released today.
“That’s right, I’m a girl, I’m transgender,” she said in the video.
“Gender dysphoria is something I can remember dealing with ever since I was a kid.
“But I learned early on to be ashamed of it, and to keep it a secret, and I did a really, really good job of hiding it from everybody, including myself in a lot of ways.”
Raskopoulos said she decided to transition towards the end of 2014 and came out to her family and friends.
“I reached a point where I couldn’t deny it anymore, and sitting by myself in a hotel room, I decided that if I wanted a shot at a happy life and a happy future, then I needed to transition,” she said.
“I’m so much happier. Initially, I thought I’d have to give up being a comedian and that transition and maintaining my life as a performer were mutually exclusive… then I reached another point where I was like ‘fuck that, I’m going to carry on doing what I love’.
“I think it’s really important that I do, because being trans does not mean giving up on your life or your friends or your family or your career or your achievements.”
Raskopoulous vowed to continue to perform and tour with Axis of Awesome, who released a new album today, and be “fucking awesome” while doing so.
Positive support flooded in on social media for Jordan who asked people to send in their comments but for people “not to be a dickhead” about it.
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