Coming out as transgender can be an extremely daunting prospect but one man decided to use the opportunity to have a little fun.
Henry Tadebois, 24, from Melbourne, wanted to do avoid any serious announcements and find a light-hearted way to tell his Facebook friends that he is transgender.
With help with his friend Kaylene Tyler the train driver produced a YouTube video to share his exciting news with his loved ones.
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Henry Tadebois created a light-hearted video to come out to his Facebook friends as Transgender
He told Buzzfeed that after suffering a meltdown in March last year he decided that he had to be true to himself but wanted it to be a cheerful occasion.
He said: ‘I didn’t want to be all serious, doom and gloom. Humour creates trust, and if you can laugh at something, it’s not a big deal.’
Henry added that it would made sense to be open with his friends from the start.
He continued: ‘Whenever I see people later on, if I have a beard or I sound really different, they might be like, “Woah”. I thought it would make it less shocking and weird for everybody.’
Henry suffered a meltdown last March and decided to finally come out as transgender but says he wanted to find a way of approaching it with a little humour
He added that it would be more of a shock for his friends if they were to bump into him and he have a beard without any warning
In the video Henry explains what transgender means adding that those who know him will know that he has always been pretty manly on the inside
Henry begins the video by explaining what transgender means to those watching.
He says: ‘Dictionary.com describes transgender as a person whose gender identity does not match their biological sex assigned at birth.
‘And those of you who know me well I’m sure will understand when I say I’ve always felt pretty manly on the inside’ At this point we see Henry attending to the engine of a car and removing a wedgie from his trousers.
Much of the video is illustrated with brightly coloured graphics alongside Henry’s speech
He explains that he will soon be taking testosterone and that may affect his appearance
Henry adds that other changes will include the fact that his voice will deepen over the next few months
Henry then goes on to discuss what changes he will be going through over the next few months.
He continues: ‘There comes a time in every trans man’s life when he needs to go through some changes with a little help from our friend Mr T.
‘You may notice my voice getting deeper, hair in places where it wasn’t before, my body fat might migrate to other areas, and I may gain muscle definition. You could notice a few zits here and there and remind me to carry deodorant because I might get stinkier too.’
At this point Henry asks his viewers to do him a favour to help lighten the load of transitioning.
In a humerous twist he asks his viewers to remind him to carry deodorant as he may become ‘stinkier’
Henry points out that although he may appear different he will still be the same person he just wants his appearance to match how he feels on the inside
Henry asks, that in order to make his transition easier, for his friends to use his new name and to stop using female pronouns and to switch to male
He says: ‘I should be able to handle all that stuff but there’s a couple of teeny things that I need you to change that would really help me out. Firstly using my new name’.
We see Henry spin round to show off his, ‘Hello my name is Henry sticker’. He then adds that the appropriate pronouns should now be used.
He continues: ‘You might slip up in the beginning but don’t worry I won’t be offended it doesn’t happen over night.
Don’t be afraid to ask me any questions you might have and just so you know this doesn’t change any of my personality traits mannerisms or even bad habits.
‘I will still be the same person you’ve always known I just need to make the outside match the inside and I’m super excited.’