American Idol contestant comes out as trans

Naith Payton January 8, 2015
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Season 12 American Idol consetant Jaidah Christina Davila has come out as a trans woman.

Ms Davila reached the Las Vegas semi-finals in 2013 as JDA. She is now a singer at a trans-friendly nightclub in Chicago.

She spoke about her transition in an interview with The TV Page.

She said: “I am not just crossdressing anymore. I am not this gay, feminine boy. I am actually now on hormone replacement therapy. I have been for a year and a half.

“I don’t even recognize the person that I used to be on IDOL.”

She also spoke about coming out to her family: “[My mother] just thought that I was cross dressing and being happy. So I had to hide a little bit from her. I told everyone but her and that suddenly hit me that that wasn’t fair for her to be left out.

“I have a gay uncle, who I am not going to name. When he started seeing on my Facebook that I was wanting to be called “her” and “she” instead of “him,” he stopped hitting me up and that really hurt my feelings.”

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