By Jasmine Henry
Melbourne trans man Henry Tadebois has come out to his friends in an entertaining and informative YouTube video.
In the video, which the 24-year-old thinks will “make it less shocking and weird for everybody,” he details the various aspects of his new identity: his new name and which pronouns people should use when talking about him.
Henry also outlines in the video some of the changes people can expect to see him undergo such as acne, body odour, facial hair and the deepening of his voice.
The 24-year-old, who drives trains and also studied film and TV at Swinburne TAFE, teamed up with a friend to make the video.
“I didn’t want to be all serious, doom and gloom,” Henry told BuzzFeed. “Humour creates trust, and if you can laugh at something, it’s not a big deal.”
In high school, Henry came out as a lesbian but he told Buzzfeed that “even when I was a toddler I used to say that I was a boy.”
Following a “meltdown” on his birthday last March, he explained, “I had to come out to myself and say ‘Yes, I am trans.’”
Henry also revealed the amazing response he’d received after posting the video.
“People I haven’t seen in years saying, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ It’s been good for the old confidence!” he said.
“I’m really lucky, I have a supportive group of friends. My family are behind me. I know other people aren’t as lucky as me.”