A former soldier who was transgender in his early 20s is sharing his story to inspire others who may be struggling to come out to their families.
In the first of three podcasts to be released, writer and filmmaker Ryan Murphy tells the story of his journey to come to terms with his gender identity.
The former soldier, who identifies as bisexual and genderqueer, has made his voice heard in Hollywood, a field where he has been featured on The Bachelor and American Idol.
“I’ve been in Hollywood and I’ve done a lot of casting, and I have a lot to offer,” he said.
“I’ve made a lot.”
Murphy was in the military for more than 25 years.
He was born female and transitioned from male to female at the age of 17.
“My mom and my dad both had to transition.
They were both in the Army, and they were both transgender,” Murphy told the BBC.
“So, we were very fortunate to have that support and that opportunity.”
Murcy’s story is the subject of a new documentary, called Dua Lipa: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Man Who Made History.
The documentary, directed by Adam Scott, explores Murphy’s story through the lens of his own experiences in the armed forces.
“We have been lucky enough to have a number of great friends in the film industry, and it’s something that has been really helpful for us,” Murphy said.
“The filmmakers and I spent the past couple of years talking about what it means to be a trans man and to be an American, and how important it is for us to be part of a movement that is growing in a way that doesn’t take away from the lives of those who are already living out their identities.”
It’s something I would never have thought about as a young person.
But when I came out to my parents, they were like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that.
I don’t know anything about you.’
The filmmakers aim to “bring this story to the world,” Murphy explained. “
You see so many people coming out and doing really amazing things and it makes it easy to see how powerful and successful that can be,” Scott said.
The filmmakers aim to “bring this story to the world,” Murphy explained.
“This documentary will bring it to a larger audience.”
The filmmakers are currently seeking funding to complete the documentary.
To support their efforts, Murphy has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.
If you are interested in contributing to the documentary, you can follow the campaign on the crowdfunding site.